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Last updated on November 21st, 2021

Generic name: Zyvox

Brand names: Zyvoxid, Zyvoxam, Linospan, Linezolid

General Information

Zyvox is a popular medicine that has been labeled as an oxazolidinone antibiotic. It abates a wide variety of bacterial infections including pneumonia, skin infections and infections that are resistant to other antibiotics. It will not work for colds, flu or viral infections.

Eating tyramine while you are using Zyvox can increase your blood pressure to dangerous levels. Avoid foods with high level of tyramine.

Contact your physician if you need to learn more information about this drug.

Don’t stop treatment with Zyvox earlier than it was prescribed by your doctor even if you notice improvements of your condition. Stopping the medication too early may worsen your condition. Be careful about doing dangerous tasks, driving, operating machinery or climbing until you are aware how this drug affects you. Don’t drink alcohol. Always contact a medic before giving Zyvox to a child.

What symptoms or conditions should I report to a doctor before I take this medicine?

It is important to report to a doctor if you have or had the following conditions:

  •     heart disorders (such as heart rhythm problems)
  •     liver or kidney disease
  •     allergy to linezolid, other antibiotics, or medicines, dyes, foods, or preservatives
  •     cancer
  •     untreated thyroid disease
  •     pheochromocytoma
  •     high blood pressure (hypertension)
  •     blood disorders (low blood counts)
  •     chronic infection
  •     pregnancy, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant

How to take Zyvox?

This medication is presented in tablet, or syrup form to take by mouth. It is recommended to take medicine usually every 12 hours, at regular intervals. Zyvox should be accompanied by some water. It is important to drink several glasses of water each day while you are taking Zyvox to protect your kidneys. You may take it either with or without food. In order to understate stomach irritation and help your body absorb the drug is desirable to combine with food or milk. The tablets should be swallowed whole.

Do not break, chew or crush them. Mix liquid carefully before each use by turning the bottle upside down and upright 3 to 5 times. Do not shake the bottle. Use a specially marked measuring spoon or medicine cup to be sure of the correct dose. The amount of Zyvox varies among medical condition and response to therapy. It is obviously to inquire your medical practitioner before to take this drug. Follow hisher instructions strictly.


What should I do if I miss the dose?

If you miss the dose, try to take it as soon as you have the opportunity. If it is time for your next dose, take only one dose. You don’t have to double the dose.

What should you do if you overdose of Zyvox?

Taking any medicine in excess you can have serious consequences for your health. If you are overdosed apprise your doctor straightway.

What drug(s) may interact with Zyvox?

  •     cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf)
  •      tacrolimus (Prograf), sirolimus (Rapamune)
  •     efalizumab (Raptiva), basiliximab (Simulect), muromonab-CD3 (Orthoclone)
  •     mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept)
  •     leflunomide (Arava), azathioprine (Imuran), etanercept (Enbrel)
  •     allergy or cold medicines containing phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine
  •     drugs that weaken your immune system (such as steroids or chemotherapy)
  •     SSRI antidepressants such as citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft)
  •     MAO inhibitors such as phenelzine (Nardil), isocarboxazid (Marplan), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), rasagiline (Azilect), or tranylcypromine (Parnate)
  •     medicines to treat Parkinson’s disease, such as carbidopa or levodopa (Parcopa, Lodosyn, Sinemet), amantadine (Symmetrel), levodopa (Larodopa), entacapone (Comtan), pramipexole (Mirapex), pergolide (Permax), ropinorole (Requip), or tolcapone (Tasmar)

This list of interactions may be not complete. Provide your medical practitioners entire list of medicines, herbs, dietary supplements or non-prescription drugs you take. Moreover tell them whether you drink alcohol, use illegal drugs or smoke. Particular items may interact with your drug.

Which side effects can I perceive from this remedy?

  •     Allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; hives; skin rash or swelling; itching; swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue)
  •     Nausea, vomiting
  •     Headache, dizziness, ringing in your ears or hearing loss
  •     Nightmares or difficulty sleeping
  •     Mental, mood changes (e.g., unusual excitement, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, blurred vision)
  •     Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet (tremor)
  •     Fatigue, faintness
  •     Fever
  •     Unusual bleeding or bruising
  •     Problems with breathing
  •     Change in vaginal discharge
  •     Difficulty urinating (urinary retention), dark urine, severe or watery diarrhea
  •     Indigestion, or upset stomach, bloating, stomach gas, pain or cramps
  •     Liver problems, yellowing eyes, skin

If these persist or worsen, make known to your physician instantly. This is not a whole list of side effects and others may occur. If you have other effects not specified above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

How should Zyvox be stored?

Zyvox should be stored at room temperature, between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F), in a tightly closed container. Protect from moisture, direct heat, and light. Do not store in the bathroom or near a sink. Keep Zyvox out of the reach of children and away from animals.

Warning: Before taking the drug you need to consult your doctor.

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