Avelox (Moxifloxacin Hydrochloride)
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Avelox is an antibiotic that is part of a drug class called quinolone antibiotics. As an antibiotic, this medication is used to treat various bacterial infections. It stops bacteria from being able to reproduce so that the infection is stopped. Avelox doesn’t work against viral infections. It won’t work against the common cold or influenza.
This antibiotic treats several types of infections. It’s prescribed for skin, lungs, sinus, and stomach infections. It’s also prescribed for community-acquired pneumonia and plague.
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- Precautions and Warnings
- Avelox Side Effects
- Avelox Drug Interactions
- Avelox Strengths and Dosages
- FAQs of Avelox
- Will Avelox work on a cold?
- Can you get tendon problems from this medication?
- Can you take antacids with Avelox?
- Can this medication treat the plague?
- What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Does it have to be stored in the refrigerator?
- Do I need to take Avelox with food? What about water?
- Can it treat pneumonia?
- What is the cost of Avelox in America?
Precautions and Warnings
There are a lot of profound effects that can happen when taking this medication. This includes getting tendon problems, developing low blood sugar, and having behavioral or mood changes. Rarely this medication can cause damage to a patient’s aorta. This can lead to fatal bleeding. If you have a constant, severe chest pain, you need emergency medical help.
Avelox can also cause a tendon to tear or swell. If you have joint pain or stiffness, stop taking this medication. This is particularly true for the Achilles tendon in the heel. If you’re 60 or older, you’re more likely to have a tendon problem. It’s also more likely if you take any steroid medications or have had a transplant of your lung, heart, or kidney.
You shouldn’t take this medication if you have an allergy to moxifloxacin or other antibiotics classified as fluoroquinolones. The other medications in this class include levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, Gemifloxacin, and more.
Several conditions may cause you to be the wrong candidate for this medication. These conditions include having a past with any joint problems such as arthritis or any bone or tendon problems. If you have a family history of this, tell your doctor about it. Avelox can also cause problems if you’ve ever had a hardening or narrowing of your arteries, an aneurysm, or any problems with your blood circulation. The doctor must also know if you’ve had high blood pressure or heart problems.
Avelox also makes you more sensitive to the sun, so you can get a sunburn faster. Don’t go to tanning booths or stay in the sunlight without sunscreen and protective clothing. If you have a severe sunburn, tell the doctor immediately.
If you’ve had a genetic disease, including Ehler ’s-Danlos syndrome or Marfan syndrome or if you have diabetes, make sure the doctor knows. They also need to see if you have kidney disease or liver disease, a nerve or muscle disorder like myasthenia gravis, a head injury, any seizures, or a brain tumor. If you have low potassium in your blood or have prolonged QT syndrome or a family history of it, you may not be able to take this medication. It also shouldn’t be taken by anyone under 18.
Avelox Side Effects
One of the significant side effects possible is tendon problems. This can cause you to have tenderness, pain, bruising, stiffness, or swelling of a joint. If this happens, tell the doctor immediately and don’t retake the medication unless directed to by your doctor.
It’s also important to watch for any serious side effects like irritability, memory problems, paranoia, burning pain, agitation, hunger, numbness, suicidal thoughts, or confusion. If you have any of these effects, stop taking the medication and tell the doctor as soon as possible. You may have a new infection if you get severe diarrhea or it’s bloody or watery. This medication can also cause nerve problems that can be permanent.
This medication can cause low blood sugar. Symptoms of this side effect include sweating, shaking, hunger, shakiness, a rapid heartbeat, anxiety, headache, and dizziness. If you develop any pain, weakness, or burning in your extremities, this can signify a serious problem, so tell your doctor immediately.
Suppose you have an allergic reaction to this medication. In that case, you may experience swelling of your throat, tongue, or face, difficulty breathing, hives, or a severe skin reaction such as peeling and blistering, sore throat, burning eyes, or a dark rash. If you have these symptoms, seek medical attention right away.
There are several common side effects that you may experience when taking this medication. These include:
- Low blood sugar
- Various blood problems
- Immune hypersensitivity reaction
- Lengthened QT interval of the heart
- Behavior or mood changes
Avelox Drug Interactions
There are a lot of medications that can interact badly with Avelox. There are many over-the-counter medications, as well as prescription medication, that you should avoid taking while you’re on Avelox.
There are several other medications that you need to make sure your doctor knows you’re taking before you start taking Avelox. These include blood thinners like warfarin and Jantoven, diuretics, erythromycin, oral diabetes medications (such as Januvia), insulin, medications for heart rhythm, and any mental health medications. You should also let your doctor know if you’re taking any steroid medications or if you take any NSAIDs. These are anti-inflammatory drugs that don’t use steroids. These include Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Aspirin, meloxicam, celecoxib, indomethacin, and more.
You may be able to take Avelox eight hours after taking these other medications or four hours before taking them. These medications include:
- Antacids like Tums, Milk of Magnesia, Rolaids, Maalox, Pepcid Complete, and Mylanta
- Vitamin and mineral OTC supplements with zinc, aluminum, magnesium, or iron.
- Ulcer medication sucralfate
- HIV medication Didanosine, also known as Videx, as chewable tablets or powder
- Lanthanum carbonate
Avelox Strengths and Dosages
This medication is available as a tablet and an injectable solution often used in healthcare settings. Both of these varieties come in 400 mg dosages. The amount your doctor prescribes for you will depend on your size and the type of infection you have or have been exposed to.
|400 mg / 250 mL
FAQs of Avelox
Will Avelox work on a cold?
No, it doesn’t work on colds or the flu. Those are viral infections, and Avelox is an antibiotic that only treats bacterial infections.
Can you get tendon problems from this medication?
Yes, this is a possible side effect of this medication. Pain, swelling, and stiffness at a joint can indicate that Avelox causes a tendon problem. You may need emergency medical treatment if you hear a popping sound at a joint.
Can you take antacids with Avelox?
Generally, you can if you wait a long time between the two. If your doctor says that you shouldn’t take antacids, though, don’t take them while you’re on this medication.
Can this medication treat the plague?
Yes, it is consistently used to treat the plague and prevent it in people exposed to it.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
You can take it if it’s been a short time since you missed your dose. If it’s less than eight hours before your next dose, don’t take the one you missed.
Does it have to be stored in the refrigerator?
No, it should only be stored at room temperature.
Do I need to take Avelox with food? What about water?
Drinking a lot of water while taking this medication can protect your kidneys. You can take it without food or with food.
Can it treat pneumonia?
Yes, this is one of the common uses for this medication.
What is the cost of Avelox in America?
This relatively expensive antibiotic comes at a high price for a small number of pills. A supply of five tablets costs about $90. If you’re paying for the intravenous solution, the cost is about $650.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment recommendations. It should not be taken as an endorsement of any specific medication or treatment. Individual health conditions and responses to treatment can vary greatly; therefore, this information should not be seen as a guarantee of safety, suitability, or effectiveness for any particular individual. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalized medical advice and before making any decisions regarding your health or treatment plans.