(moxifloxacin eye drops
) is a prescription medication approved for treating bacterial conjunctivitis (a type of "pink eye
" infection caused by bacteria).
Vigamox is manufactured by Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Vigamox belongs to a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones, also known as "quinolones." These medications work by interfering with two important bacterial enzymes: topoisomerase IV and DNA gyrase. These enzymes are necessary for bacteria to be able to copy and repair DNA, which are important steps required in order for bacteria to multiply.
When and How to Take This Medicine
General considerations to keep in mind when using Vigamox include the following:
- This medication comes in the form of an eye drop. It is usually used in the affected eye(s) three times daily for seven days.
- In order to prevent contamination of the drops, do not touch the tip of the dropper to any surface, including the surface of the eye.
- You should not wear contact lenses while using this medication, since you should not wear contacts while you have an eye infection.
- For Vigamox to work properly, it must be taken as directed. Be sure to take it for the full period prescribed, even if your eye infection gets better sooner.