Compare Vigamox vs. Besivance

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

ADVERTISEMENT

Vigamox (moxifloxacin)

Prescription only

Besivance (besifloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats eye infections.

Vigamox (moxifloxacin) is effective at treating eye infections, but it can be expensive.

Treats eye infections like pink eye.

Besivance (besifloxacin) effectively treats pink eye, especially more severe cases, but will cost more because no generic is currently available.

Upsides
  • Infection may start to feel better and clear up on days 5-6.
  • Because it works directly on the eye, you won't get the same side effects (like diarrhea) from taking the pill form.
  • Besivance (besifloxacin) effectively treats bacterial eye infections like pink eye, and is often chosen for more serious cases.
  • Less frequent applications make Besivance (besifloxacin) more convenient to use than similar medicines.
  • Has fewer side effects compared to alternative oral medications since Besivance (besifloxacin) is applied directly to the eyes.
Downsides
  • May need to use Vigamox (moxifloxacin) multiple times a day, which can be inconvenient.
  • Not available as a generic eye drop medication.
  • Common side effects include eye irritation, eye pain, dry eyes, and teary eyes.
  • Application of Besivance (besifloxacin) can temporarily irritate the eyes.
  • Using eye drops may be harder for some people compared to taking a pill.
ADVERTISEMENT
Used for
Dosage forms
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
Price
Want to save even more money?
Sign up now for a 30-day trial and save up to 95% at CVS, Kroger, Albertsons, and other pharmacies.
Learn more
Reviews
Not enough review data.Leave a review
Not enough review data.Leave a review
Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Pinkeye
    6%
  • Decreased visual acuity
    6%
  • Dry eyes
    6%
  • Eye irritation
    6%
  • Eye pain
    6%
  • Itchy eyes
    6%
See more detailed side effects
4possible side effects
  • Red eye
    2%
  • Blurred vision
    2%
  • Eye irritation
    2%
  • Headache
    2%
See more detailed side effects
Risks and risk factors
  • Superinfection
  • Avoidance of contact lens wear
See more detailed risks and warnings
  • Allergy to ingredients
    • Allergies to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro.
  • Risk for contamination
  • Not to be used with contact lenses
  • For use topically in the eyes only
  • Risk of infection
    • Prolonged use
See more detailed risks and warnings