What is this medication and its most common uses?Vigamox is an antibiotic eye drop that is 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?
Vigamox 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: Vigamox has been shown to eliminate the bacteria causing pink eye. By eliminating the bacteria causing the infection, Vigamox may help relieve symptoms of pink eye such as redness, swelling, itching, burning, and discharge of mucus/pus.
When: In clinical studies, most people treated with Vigamox were cured within 5 to 6 days.
How do I know it is working?
You may notice an improvement in your eye symptoms after you start using Vigamox. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. It is important that you use Vigamox 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: changes in your vision; eye discomfort, itching, pain, or redness; dry eye; inflammation of the cornea (the clear tissue over the pupil of your eye); tearing.
Less common side effects may include:
Vigamox may cause allergic reactions (such as rash) or increase your risk of another infection.
Who should not take this medication?Do not use Vigamox if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to similar antibiotics (such as levofloxacin or ciprofloxacin).
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 Vigamox. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you wear contact lenses, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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 1 drop in the affected eye(s) 3 times a day for 7 days.
How should I take this medication?Use Vigamox exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Vigamox without first talking to your healthcare provider.
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 Vigamox.
Do not wear contact lenses if you experience signs and symptoms of pink eye while you are using Vigamox.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?No significant interactions have been reported with Vigamox at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Vigamox during pregnancy are unknown. Vigamox 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 Vigamox, 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 or in the refrigerator.