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New FDA Approval: Generic Avelox (Moxifloxacin)

by The GoodRx Pharmacist on March 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Generic Avelox is now available as moxifloxacin 400 mg tablets! The FDA approved moxifloxacin on February 18, 2014. The first company to launch a generic was Teva Pharmaceuticals. Other generic manufacturers will be launching their products in March 2014.

Who and what is this medication for?
Avelox (moxifloxacin) is an antibiotic indicated for use in adults 18 years of age and older. It is used to treat certain bacteria associated with:

• Chronic bronchitis

• Sinusitis

• Community-acquired pneumonia

• Intra-abdominal infections

• Skin and skin structure infections

What kind of antibiotic is moxifloxacin?
Moxifloxacin is a fluoroquinolone (also known as a “quinolone”) antibiotic.

I have a sulfa allergy, can I take this medication?

Yes. Moxifloxacin is in an entirely different drug class that is NOT structurally similar to sulfa antibiotics.

I have a penicillin allergy, can I take this medication?

Yes. Moxifloxacin is also in an entirely different drug class that is NOT structurally similar to penicillin antibiotics.

Other important information to know about Avelox (moxifloxacin):

  • It is usually taken once-daily with or without food.
  • You should take it at least 4 hours before or 8 hours after using products containing magnesium, aluminum, iron, or zinc—including antacids, sucralfate, multivitamins, and didanosine chewable/buffered tablets or pediatric powder for oral solution.
  • Avoid excess sunlight/artificial light while taking moxifloxacin.
  • Some possible side effects include diarrhea, or pain, swelling, or inflammation of a tendon, or weakness or inability to use your joints.

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