Besivance

Generic Name: Besifloxacin

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Besivance is antibiotic eye drop used to treat conjunctivitis ("pink eye") caused by certain strains of bacteria.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Besivance works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Besivance has been shown to eliminate the bacteria causing pink eye. By eliminating the bacteria causing the infection, Besivance may help relieve symptoms of pink eye such as redness, swelling, itching, burning, and discharge of mucus/pus.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Besivance exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an improvement in your eye symptoms after you start using Besivance. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. It is important that you use Besivance exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: eye redness.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Besivance may cause allergic reactions (such as rash) or increase your risk of another infection.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use Besivance if you are allergic to it or to any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Besivance. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you wear contact lenses.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults and children ≥1 year: Apply one drop in the affected eye(s) three times a day, 4-12 hours apart for 7 days.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Besivance exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Besivance without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may decrease the effectiveness of treatment and increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by Besivance or other antibacterial drugs in the future.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch your eye or any other surface, as this can contaminate Besivance.

    Do not wear contact lenses if you have signs and symptoms of pink eye.

    Do not wear contact lenses while you are using Besivance.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Besivance at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Besivance during pregnancy are unknown. Besivance may be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Besivance, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.

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