Generic Name(s): moxifloxacin
Drug Class: fluoroquinolone antibiotic
Treats: Eye infection (bacterial conjunctivitis)
Vigamox is an antibiotic eye drop used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis. It is commonly used to treat children's pink-eye infection, but is effective for people of all ages.
Vigamox is a medicine used in the treatment of bacterial eye infections. It is, therefore, an ophthalmic medication. The active ingredient of Vigamox - moxifloxacin - is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic, meaning that it works by inhibiting DNA replication. It achieves this by inhibiting DNA gyrase and DNA topoisomerase - essential components in the bacterial DNA replication process.
Vigamox is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it can be used to treat both Gram positive and Gram negative infections. The medicine is primarily metabolised in the liver and has a half-life of around 12 hours (meaning it takes 12 hours to eliminate half of the drug from the body).
Common side effects with Vigamox include eye burning, irritation, stinging, itchng, and blurred vision.