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What does it do?

Moxifloxacin is used to treat and prevent bacterial infections.

How should you take it?

Take moxifloxacin regularly as directed with a glass of water. Keep taking it until the course is finished, even if you start to feel better.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible and continue as directed.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with moxifloxacin including:

  • products containing iron, magnesium or zinc, such as: antacids (e.g. Mylanta®) or multivitamins. These products should be taken at least 4 hours before or 2 hours after taking each dose of moxifloxacin.

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Pain or swelling in tendons or joints

Trouble breathing

Tell your doctor immediately

Severe or persistent diarrhoea, abdominal pain

Confusion, agitation, unusual behaviour or thinking

Small white sores in mouth, furry tongue (oral thrush)

Vaginal itch or discharge (vaginal thrush)

Skin rash, itching

Numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes

Tell your doctor

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach upset

Headache, dizziness

Changes in vision

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney, liver or heart problems.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a chronic muscle condition (e.g. myasthenia gravis), G6PD deficiency, or if you have ever had a seizure.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Protect yourself from too much sunlight while being treated with moxifloxacin. Always cover up and apply a thick layer of broad spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 30) when outside. Do not use sunbeds.
  • Moxifloxacin may cause dizziness and make it dangerous to drive, operate machinery or do other activities that require you to be alert.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. March 2018

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed