Avelox 400 mg
The drug belongs to a family of fluoroquinolones, powerful synthetic antibiotics designed to fight various bacterial infections. By inhibiting the bacterial growth, the drug prevents the development and spread of the harmful microorganisms. It is usually used to treat lung, skin and abdominal infections.
What is Avelox?
The drug’s active ingredient, moxifloxacin, belongs to the family of fluoroquinolone antibiotics. It acts by inhibiting the ability of the bacterial cells to divide and prevents the spread of the harmful culture in the organism. This oral antibiotic is effective versus a number of susceptible bacterial cultures that cause infections of the lungs, skin, sinuses and abdomen.
What are the indications for using Avelox?
The bacteria that cause the following conditions are known to be the most susceptible to this type of antibiotic: sinusitis, pneumonia, bacterial bronchitis, some skin infections, as well as some abdominal infections. The drug is usually prescribed in cases when the culprit of the condition is strongly suspected or known to be one of the types of bacteria that are most affected by Avelox.
What is the dosage of Avelox?
Avelox tablets contain 400 mg of moxifloxacin, which is also a usual daily dose of the drug. One tablet of the drug is to be taken orally once a day by the patient who was prescribed the medication, regardless of the type of bacterial infection. The length of therapy, however, depends on the nature of treated condition and may range from 5 days to three weeks. In some cases, the same dose of Avelox may be administered intravenously. The dosage and course duration recommendations are to be closely followed by all patients taking the drug.
What are the contraindications for using Avelox?
Patients with known tendon or joint problems, those who have myasthenia gravis condition, as well as patients with heart, liver, kidney, and nerve disorders should not take Avelox. The drug is also contraindicated in those with known allergy to quinolones. Consult your doctor to make sure the drug is safe for you; make sure you tell about any of the abovementioned conditions or any additional disorders.
What are the adverse effects of Avelox?
The use of Avelox, like other quinolones, has been connected to increased risk of tendinitis and peripheral nervous system damage. The risk may be increased in patients older than 60 or patients with already existing conditions. This information is taken in consideration when prescribing the drug for bacterial infection treatment. Other side effects may include nausea, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, vomiting, insomnia and constipation.
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