Vigamox vs. Genoptic

Are Vigamox and Genoptic the Same Thing?

Vigamox (moxifloxacin hydrochloride ophthalmic solution) and Genoptic (gentamicin sulfate ophthalmic) are antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

Genoptic is also used to prevent infection after eye injury or surgery.

Vigamox and Genoptic are different types of antibiotics. Vigamox is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic and Genoptic is an aminoglycoside antibiotic.

Side effects of Vigamox and Genoptic that are similar include blurred vision and eye stinging, burning, and redness.

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

Vigamox may interact with other eye medications.

Genoptic may interact with other drugs.

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 Genoptic?

Common side effects of Genoptic include:

  • eye stinging/burning/redness or temporary blurred vision.

Contact your doctor if you notice side effects of Genoptic such as:

What Is Vigamox?

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

What Is Genoptic?

Genoptic (gentamicin sulfate ophthalmic) is an aminoglycoside antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections (such as blepharitis, conjunctivitis) of the eye and the skin around the eyes (such as eyelids). It is also used to prevent infection after eye injury or surgery.


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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 Genoptic?

Tell your doctor about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) before starting treatment with this product. During pregnancy, Genoptic should be used only when prescribed. This drug may pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

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 Genoptic Be Taken?

Instill one or two drops of Genoptic into the affected eye every 4 hours. In severe infections, dosage may be increased to as much as two drops once every hour. The effects of some drugs can change if you take other drugs or herbal products at the same time. This can increase your risk for serious side effects or may cause your medications not to work correctly.


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