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This medication is an oxazolidinone antibiotic, prescribed for certain types of bacterial infections. This medication fights against the bacteria present in the body.
Linezolid works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection.
Take Linezolid exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor. Take Linezolid at regular intervals as instructed. Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you dont, the infection will not clear completely. You may take Linezolid with or without food. If you have been given the tablet, swallow it whole with a glass of water. If you have been given the syrup, gently mix the syrup by turning the bottle over 3-5 times. Do not shake the bottle.
Anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count may rarely happen. Headache. Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. Loose stools (diarrhea). Yogurt or probiotics may help. You may get these products at health food stores or in some pharmacies.
Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it. If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
If you have an allergy to linezolid or any other part of this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs. If you have very high blood pressure. If you have taken isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine in the last 14 days. Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (eg, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, and tranylcypromine) must be stopped 14 days before this drug is started. Taking both at the same time could cause risky high blood pressure. If you are taking any of these drugs: Citalopram, fluvoxamine, paroxetine, or sertraline. Do not use within 2 weeks of other antidepressants. Stop fluoxetine for at least 5 weeks before starting this drug.
If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away. Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Very bad dizziness or passing out. Trouble breathing. Change in thinking clearly and with logic. Big change in balance. Very bad headache. Very upset stomach or throwing up. Very loose stools (diarrhea), even after drug is stopped. Signs of low blood sugar. Any bruising or bleeding. Feeling very tired or weak. Sudden change in eyesight. Any rash. Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.
Sometimes drugs are not safe when you take them with certain other drugs and food. - Taking them together can cause bad side effects. - Be sure to talk to your doctor about all the drugs you take.
Avoid alcohol, especially red wine and tap draft beer. Avoid cheese, air-dried meat (for example sausages and salami), pickles, soy sauce and other soy bean products. These may cause a sudden rise in your blood pressure if taken in large quantities with Linezolid.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. - Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Category C : Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.