Besifloxacin ophthalmic solution is indicated for the treatment of bacterial conjunctivitis, a condition characterized by inflammation and infection of the conjunctiva, which encompasses the outer surface of the eyeballs and the inner lining of the eyelids. Belonging to the fluoroquinolone class of medications, besifloxacin exerts its therapeutic effect by effectively eradicating the bacteria responsible for the infection.
Uses and Dosage
Besifloxacin is administered in the form of ophthalmic suspension, specifically eye drops, for ocular application. Typically, it is recommended to apply the eye drops to the affected eye(s) thrice daily, with intervals of 4 to 12 hours, for a duration of 7 days. Follow the instructions provided on your prescription label, seeking clarification from your doctor or pharmacist regarding any aspects that are unclear.
Adhere to the prescribed dosage and frequency, refraining from using more or less of the medication or exceeding the recommended usage as directed by your doctor.
During the course of treatment, improvement in symptoms can be expected. If your symptoms persist, worsen, or if any additional eye-related complications arise, contact your doctor.
Continue using besifloxacin eye drops until the entire prescribed quantity is finished, even if symptoms alleviate. Premature discontinuation or skipping doses may result in incomplete treatment of the infection, potentially leading to bacterial resistance against antibiotics.
When applying besifloxacin eye drops, exercise caution to prevent the tip of the bottle from making contact with your eye, fingers, or any other surfaces. Such contact may introduce bacteria into the eye drops, posing a risk of serious eye damage or vision loss. If you suspect that your eye drops have become contaminated, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
To administer the eye drops, the following steps should be followed:
- Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
- Do not allow the dropper tip to touch the eye or any other surface, and ensure that it is kept clean.
- Tilt the head back and pull down the lower lid of the eye using the index finger to form a pocket.
- Hold the dropper as close to the eye as possible without making contact, and brace the remaining fingers against the face.
- Squeeze the dropper gently to instill a single drop in the pocket created by the lower eyelid while looking upwards.
- Remove the index finger from the lower eyelid and keep the eye closed for 2-3 minutes while tilting the head down.
- Apply gentle pressure to the tear duct using a finger.
- Use a tissue to wipe off any excess liquid from the face.
- Wash hands to remove any residual medication.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention:
- red, itchy, or irritated eyes
- eye pain
- blurred vision
Inform your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any serious side effects:
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
Prior to initiating besifloxacin treatment, inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergies you may have, including allergies to besifloxacin itself, other quinolone antibiotics (such as ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin), or any other substances. This product may contain inactive ingredients, such as preservatives like benzalkonium chloride, which can potentially trigger allergic reactions or other adverse effects.
Before using this medication, provide your doctor or pharmacist with a detailed medical history, outlining any relevant health conditions or past experiences.
Following the application of this medication, temporary blurred vision may occur. Refrain from driving, operating machinery, or engaging in activities that require clear vision until you are confident in your ability to do so safely.
During pregnancy, the use of this medication should only be considered when clearly necessary. Discuss the potential risks and benefits with your doctor.
The passage of this medication into breast milk is not yet established. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding to assess the potential risks and make an informed decision.
Form and Strength
Besivance is available in the following forms and strengths:
How long does it take for Besivance to work?
Besivance starts to work right away against the bacteria in your eye. In the clinical studies, about half of the participants who took this medication were almost back to normal after 5 days.
Can Besivance be used for pink eye?
Besivance is a good treatment for pink eye if it is due to a bacterial infection. Keep in mind that pink eye may also be due to a viral infection, which Besivance won’t be able to treat.