How does Quixin treat bacterial eye infections?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

When applied topically to the eye, Quixin treats bacterial eye infections by killing the bacteria that cause the infection. It cannot cure viral or fungal infections. Your doctors will assess you for allergies to medications, levofloxacin or similar antibiotics, such as ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, norfloxacin, lomefloxacin and others. If you are allergic to those medications, you should not use Quixin.

Some risks associated with using Quixin to treat an eye infection: 

  • You may experience an allergic reaction, particularly if you have an existing allergy to other antibiotic medications.
  • Quixin can increase the risk of birth defects if you are pregnant and may harm a nursing baby. (Talk to your doctor about using Quixin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.)
  • Quixin can be absorbed by contact lenses. Your doctor will likely advise you not to wear contact lenses while undergoing treatment for an eye infection. However, if you do wear lenses during treatment, remove them before applying Quixin and wait 15 minutes before reinserting.

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