Bacterial conjunctivitis is an eye condition caused by bacterial infection. Commonly referred to ask pink eye, this condition can be treated using antibiotics. One of the most effective antibiotics used in the treatment of this condition is known as vigamox. The latter belongs to the fluoroquinolone class of antibiotics and works by countering the production of proteins essential to the growth of bacteria. Of worth noting is that not all types of conjunctivitis can be treated using vigamox. Viral conjunctivitis in particular cannot be treated using this antibiotic. Therefore, if you suspect you have conjunctivitis it is advisable to consult a doctor before prescribing vigamox on yourself.
Being an antibiotic used in the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis, vigamox is administered using a dropper. When administering the antibiotic it is important to ensure the dropper does not come into contact with any surface. This is because the dropper is sterile and will become contaminated when it comes into contact with either your eye or skin. The result of the contamination is an infection in your eye. Therefore, the dropper should be handled with care to prevent it from being contaminated. Also, when not in use the dropper should be properly capped to prevent contamination.
As already stated above, vigamox is an antibiotic used in the treatment of bacterial infections of the eye. Therefore, this antibiotic is ineffective against viral and fungal infections of the eye. Moreover, if you have experienced allergic reactions to vigamox or any other antibiotic similar to it refrain from using it. Some of the antibiotics similar to this one include Zymar, Tequin, Ciloxan, and Cipro. On the other hand, if you are pregnant, consulting your doctor prior to using vigamox would be the wiser thing to do. This is because; the antibiotic is classified under category C of the FDA pregnancy categories. This in essence means that the effects of this drug on your unborn baby are not known.
In addition, it is also unknown whether the antibiotic can be absorbed into the breast milk. Thus, breastfeeding mothers are advised to seek medical assistance before using this antibiotic. Strict adherence to the prescription rules stipulated by your doctor in regards to the use of vigamox is recommended. Apart from the prescription rules outlined by either your doctor, pharmacist or nurse depending on the circumstance, there are other basic rules to adhere to. The primary rule is that you should wash your hands before administering the antibiotic.
Another basic rule is that your eyes should be without contact lenses, that is if your wear them. In regards to the dose, an overdose of vigamox is likely to have no serious or life threatening implications. However, it is advisable to seek medical assistance in case of an overdose or in case you ingest the antibiotic. The side effects of this antibiotic are also not life threatening. Some of the common side effects include irritation, blurred vision, a burning sensation in your eye, dryness, itching and redness. Due to blurred vision being a possible side effect it is not wise to operate heavy machinery when using vigamox.