Vigamox

Available by prescription, Vigamox is a drug used to treat a type of "pink eye" known as bacterial conjunctivitis. It comes in the form of an eye drop and is typically used three times a day for seven days. Because this medication is an antibiotic, it's important to try not to miss any doses. Possible side effects include eye pain and dry eyes.

What Is Vigamox?

Vigamox® (moxifloxacin eye drops) is a prescription medication approved for treating bacterial conjunctivitis (a type of "pink eye" infection caused by bacteria).
 
(Click Vigamox Uses for more information, including possible off-label indications.)
 

Who Makes It?

Vigamox is manufactured by Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
 

How Does Vigamox Work?

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.
     
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD; Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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