Compare Vigamox vs. Ciloxan

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

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Vigamox (moxifloxacin)

Prescription only

Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats eye infections.

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

Treats eye infections.

Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) effectively treats pink eye and corneal ulcers caused by a variety of bacteria, but might not be good for more serious infections.

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.
  • Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) has a high success rate in treating people with pink eye and corneal ulcers.
  • Has fewer side effects compared to alternative oral medications since Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) is applied directly to the eyes.
  • Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) eyedrops are available in an inexpensive, generic form.
  • The ointment helps to lubricate and soothe the eye.
  • Applied less frequently than other eye drops.
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.
  • Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) drops require frequent applications, especially during the first few days of treatment.
  • Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) ointment is expensive because a generic is not available.
  • The ointment can cause blurry vision for a few minutes after applying.
  • Application of Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) can temporarily irritate the eyes.
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Dosage forms
  • Eye drops
  • Eye drops
  • Eye ointment
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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • Pinkeye
    6%
  • Decreased visual acuity
    6%
  • Dry eyes
    6%
  • Eye irritation
    6%
  • Eye pain
    6%
  • Itchy eyes
    6%
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The Ciloxan (ciprofloxacin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Superinfection
  • Avoidance of contact lens wear
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  • Allergy to ingredients
    • Allergies to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro
  • Risk for contamination
  • Not to be used with contact lenses
  • Risk of infection
    • Prolonged use
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