Quixin Warnings and Precautions
If you are using Quixin for bacterial conjunctivitis (pink eye), it is important to know that this medication can cause problems, such as allergic reactions or fungal infections. Other safety precautions with Quixin involve warnings about using this drug while pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, if your eye infection gets worse or does not improve within a week, contact your healthcare provider.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Quixin® (levofloxacin ophthalmic solution) if you have any allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With QuixinSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include:
- In rare cases, some people may experience severe allergic reactions from fluoroquinolones such as Quixin. Stop using this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you develop any signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- An unexplained rash
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, or face
- Throat tightness
- A rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing.
- Quixin does not kill all types of organisms that may cause eye infections. In rare cases, an overgrowth of these nonsusceptible organisms may occur with long-term Quixin use, leading to a second infection, such as a fungal infection. If your eye infection seems to get worse, or if it has not improved within a week, talk to your healthcare provider. You may need a different medication.
- You should not wear contact lenses while you have bacterial conjunctivitis. The use of contact lenses can make your infection worse. Ask your healthcare provider when you can start wearing contacts again.
- Bacterial eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, may spread very easily. Therefore, do not touch the tip of the Quixin container to your eye, to help limit the spread of infection. Also, make sure you wash your hands often while using this medicine, especially after you touch your eyes.
- Quixin is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Quixin Drug Interactions).
- Quixin is a pregnancy Category C medication, which means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Quixin and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is unknown if Quixin passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider before using this medicine (see Quixin and Breastfeeding).