Besifloxacin ophthalmic is used to treat bacterial conjunctivitis (pinkeye; infection of the membrane that covers the outside of the eyeballs and the inside of the eyelids). Besifloxacin is in a class of medications called fluoroquinolones. It works by killing the bacteria that cause infection.

Adverse Reactions:  The most common adverse event reported in 2% of patients treated with Besivance was conjuntival redness. Other adverse events reported in patients receiving Besivance occuring in approximately 1-2% of patients included: blurred vision, eye pain, eye irritation, eye pruritus and headache.

Supplied: 7.5 mL size bottle filled with 5 mL of besifloxacin ophthalmic suspension,

Dose: Invert closed bottle and shake once before use. Instill one drop in the affected eye(s) 3 times a day, four to twelve hours apart for 7 days.

Pediatric Use: Safety and effectiveness in infants below one year of age have not been established

Pregnancy: Since there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women, Besivance should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

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