New FDA Approval: Generic Avelox (Moxifloxacin)

Roni Shye
Roni Shye, PharmD BCGP BCACP, is a licensed pharmacist in the states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
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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.

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