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Vigamox vs. Cipro

Reviewed on 5/17/2019

Are Vigamox and Cipro the Same Thing?

Vigamox (moxifloxacin hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) are quinolone antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections of the eye.

Cipro is also an oral medication used to treat infections of the skin, lungs, airways, bones, joints, and urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by susceptible bacteria.

Side effects of Vigamox and Cipro that are similar include blurred vision.

Side effects of Vigamox that are different from Cipro include watery eyes (tearing) and eye reactions (pain, dryness, redness, itching, burning, stinging, and irritation).

Side effects of Cipro that are different from Vigamox include diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, stomach upset, abdominal pain, nausea/vomiting, nervousness, anxiety, agitation, sleep problems (insomnia or nightmares), and rash.

Vigamox may interact with other eye medications.

Cipro may interact with dairy products, caffeine, sucralfate, antacids (containing calcium, magnesium, or aluminum, didanosine, lanthanum carbonate or sevelamer, certain vitamin or mineral supplements (containing calcium, iron, magnesium, or zinc), cyclosporine, methotrexate, metoclopramide, phenytoin, probenecid, ropinirole, sildenafil, theophylline, blood thinners, diuretics (water pills), heart rhythm medications, insulin or oral diabetes medicines, medicines to treat depression or mental illness, steroids, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

What Are Possible Side Effects of Vigamox?

Common side effects of Vigamox include:

  • blurred vision,
  • watery eyes (tearing), and
  • eye (pain, dryness, redness, itching, burning, stinging, and irritation).

Serious side effects are not expected to occur during treatment with Vigamox. Tell your doctor if you have an unlikely but serious side effect of Vigamox such as swelling of the eye.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Cipro?

Common side effects of Cipro include:

  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • stomach upset
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea/vomiting
  • blurred vision
  • nervousness
  • anxiety
  • agitation
  • sleep problems (insomnia or nightmares), and
  • rash

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Cipro including severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats; sudden pain, snapping or popping sound, bruising, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or loss of movement in any of your joints; watery or bloody diarrhea; confusion, hallucinations, depression, unusual thoughts or behavior; seizure (convulsions); severe headache, ringing in your ears, pain behind your eyes; pale or yellow skin, dark colored urine, fever, weakness; urinating less than usual or not at all; easy bruising or bleeding; numbness, tingling, or unusual pain anywhere in your body; the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild; or severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

What Is Vigamox?

Vigamox (moxifloxacin hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

What Is Cipro?

Cipro may interact with tizanidine, blood thinners, clozapine, cyclosporine, insulin or oral diabetes medications, methotrexate, metoclopramide, phenytoin, probenecid, ropinirole, tacrine, theophylline, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or oral steroids. Tell your doctor all medications you use. During pregnancy, Cipro XR should be used only when prescribed. This medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

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What Drugs Interact With Vigamox?

Do not use other eye drops or medications during treatment with Vigamox ophthalmic unless directed by your doctor. Other drugs may interact with Vigamox. Tell your doctor all prescription or over-the-counter medicines or supplements you use. Vigamox should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

What Drugs Interact With Cipro?

Cipro may interact with heart medications.

Cipro may also interact with allergy treatments (or if you are undergoing allergy skin-testing), amiodarone, clonidine, digoxin, disopyramide, guanabenz, MAO inhibitors, diabetes medications, medicine for asthma or other breathing disorders, cold medicines, stimulant medicines, or diet pills.

How Should Vigamox Be Taken?

The dose of Vigamox: Instill one drop in the affected eye 3 times a day for 7 days.

How Should Cipro Be Taken?

Dosage of Cipro XR ranges from 500 mg once every 24 hours for 3 days for uncomplicated infections, to 1000 mg once every 24 hours for 7-14 days for complicated or acute infections.

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References


Novartis. Vigamox Product Information.

https://www.pharma.us.novartis.com/sites/www.pharma.us.novartis.com/files/vigamox.pdf

FDA. Cipro Product Information.

https://www.fda.gov/files/drugs/published/Cipro--Approved-Dosing-for-Children-%28label-approved-5-18-2005%29.pdf

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