Moxifloxacin Side Effects
Joint or muscle problems, hallucinations, and swelling or bruising of a tendon are some of the potentially serious side effects that may occur with moxifloxacin. Side effects of the drug are minor in most cases, however, and either do not require medical attention or can be treated easily. Some of these more common side effects of moxifloxacin include nausea, dizziness, and diarrhea.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with moxifloxacin (Avelox®). However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with moxifloxacin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of moxifloxacin side effects with you.)
Some side effects with moxifloxacin, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
- Pain, swelling, bruising, or rupture of a tendon
- Hallucinations, paranoia, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, or any other unusual changes in thoughts or behavior
- Signs of liver damage, such as:
- Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
- Upper-right abdominal (stomach) pain
- Light-colored stools
- Dark urine
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Heart palpitations or an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Any unusual sensations, such as burning, numb, tingly, or pricking sensations
- Any joint or muscle problems
- Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
- An unexplained rash
- Unexplained swelling (especially of the lips, mouth, or throat)
- Wheezing or other breathing problems
- Worsening of myasthenia gravis symptoms, such as muscle weakness and breathing problems.