Besivance

(besifloxacin)

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Treats eye infections like pink eye.

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

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    $167.20
Quick facts about Besivance
  • Drug class: Ophthalmic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • Application of Besivance (besifloxacin) can temporarily irritate the eyes.
  • Using eye drops may be harder for some people compared to taking a pill.
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How it works

Besivance (besifloxacin) is a quinolone antibiotic. It stops bacterial infections by preventing essential cellular functions, like copying DNA, which stops bacteria from reproducing.

Quick facts about Besivance
  • Drug class: Ophthalmic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

Dosage forms

  • Eye drops
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What to expect when you take Besivance (besifloxacin) for Pink eye

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  • Possible side effects
  • Red eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain
  • Eye irritation
  • Eye itching
  • Headache
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Side effect rates for Besivance (besifloxacin)

From 1801 clinical trials of Besivance when taken for pink eye
  • Red eye
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Blurred vision
    2%2%
    4%4%
  • Eye irritation
    2%2%
    3%3%
  • Headache
    2%2%
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Besivance.

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Risks and Warnings for Besivance (besifloxacin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Allergies to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro.

    Besivance (besifloxacin) can sometimes cause very serious allergic reactions. Before starting on Besivance (besifloxacin), tell your doctor if you are allergic to quinolone antibiotics such as Levaquin and Cipro. If you experience facial swelling, tingling, or difficulty breathing while taking Besivance (besifloxacin), seek medical help right away.