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Molecule Description

Moxifloxacin belongs to the class of medicines called Fluoroquinolones. It kills various bacteria that cause infections.

Uses of Moxifloxacin

Moxifloxacin is an antibiotic agent used for a variety of bacterial infections. It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It can be used to treat skin infections, stomach infections, pneumonia, lung infections and eye infection.
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Contraindications of Moxifloxacin

When should one not use Moxifloxacin

Allergy to Moxifloxacin.

Side effects of Moxifloxacin

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea (sometimes it may be severe if blood is found in diarrhea)
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Agitation
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness or weakness in legs, hands
  • Severe heartburn
  • Blurred vision
  • Headaches
  • Painful blisters in nose, mouth, penis/ vagina
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fainting
  • Stomach/ abdominal pain

Precautions and Warnings of Moxifloxacin


Can I take Moxifloxacin during pregnancy?
This medicine is not recommended to be given to pregnant women. It should only be provided once all the risks have been considered and the doctor has deemed it necessary for usage.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Moxifloxacin while breastfeeding?
It should not be given to women who are breastfeeding as it can be detrimental to the health of the baby’s joints. If given due to the extreme need in the patient, the infant should be monitored for diarrhea and diaper rash.


Can I drive if I have consumed Moxifloxacin?
The patient should not perform any activity which requires the patient to be alert and pay full attention, as the medicine is known to have side effects which include dizziness and nausea.


Can I consume alcohol with Moxifloxacin?
It should not be consumed with alcohol; a consultation with the doctor is a must.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • If you develop an allergic reaction to this drug
  • You experience eye irritation after using an eye drop containing this medicine
  • It should also be given to the elderly with caution and after careful consultation with the doctor as it can increase the chances of swelling of joint tendon (tendinitis) and tendon rupture

Mode of Action of Moxifloxacin

How Does It Work?

Moxifloxacin belongs to a specific class of medicine that is known as Fluoroquinolones. Being an antibiotic, they work by stopping the growth of genetic material of the bacteria. Over time, the infection gets treated.
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Interactions of Moxifloxacin

Interactions with other medicines

This medicine is known to have severe interactions with Quinidine, Escitalopram and Corticosteroids. It is also known to have moderate to mild interactions with Ethinyl Estradiol, anti-diabetic medicine and Aspirin.
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Dietary Restrictions of Moxifloxacin

Avoid consuming supplements that contain iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium or aluminium within 4 hours after the medication is taken or 8 hours before taking medicine. These minerals make the medicine less effective.
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Dosage of Moxifloxacin


Do not increase the prescribed dosage. Doing so will only lead to greater side effects or may cause serious harm to the body. It must only be used to treat certain conditions or if there are no other treatment options available.
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Missed a Dose

  • If you missed any doses of medicine, take it as soon as you remember. If the missed dose falls at the time of your next scheduled dose, then skip it. Do not take an extra dose more than prescribed to make up for it
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  • Avoid skipping doses as this may increase your risk of developing infection that may be resistant to antibiotics
  • Complete the course of antibiotics for as many days as prescribed by your physician

Content Details


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Can I exercise while taking Moxifloxacin?

A: Hard physical activity must be avoided. Tendon injuries are more likely while taking medicine.

Q: In what form is Moxifloxacin available?

A: Moxifloxacin is available as both an ophthalmic solution and an oral tablet. The ophthalmic solution is used to treat eye-based infections, while the oral tablet can be used to treat a host of other bacterial infections in the body.

Q: Will Moxifloxacin help cure the common cold?

A: Moxifloxacin is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections. A common cold is a viral infection arising due to a virus in the body. Hence, it cannot be used to treat a common cold.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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