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What is Linezolid used for?

Linezolid is an oral antibiotic drug used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, skin infections, and certain serious bacterial infections that are resistant to other antibiotics. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Linezolid?

The dosage of Linezolid prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Linezolid can be taken with or without food.

What if you miss a dose of Linezolid?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Linezolid medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Linezolid?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Linezolid, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Linezolid?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Linezolid.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Linezolid, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Linezolid can interact with tricyclic antidepressants.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Linezolid?

Like other medicines, Linezolid can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Linezolid are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Linezolid cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Linezolid develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Linezolid can cause side effects such as dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, and sleep problems. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Linezolid.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Linezolid?

Is it possible for me to take Linezolid with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Linezolid?
What are the possible drug interactions of Linezolid?
How will Linezolid work in my body?
How should Linezolid be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Linezolid drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Linezolid is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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