Linezolid is used for the treatment of antibacterial infections by stopping the production of proteins that help the bacteria to develop. Linezolid belongs to a group of organic compounds known as oxazolidinone antibiotic. Aside for use in the curing of most gram-positive bacteria it is also useful for the treatment of tuberculosis. It can be both had orally or can be injected into the body.
The most common side effects that you may experience from using Linezolid are headache, diarrhea, skin rash, nausea and vomiting. Certain severe reactions may range from anemia, to fungal infection, irregular or rapid heartbeat, cough, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, clouded thoughts, fever. In order to avoid such side effects whether minor or major it is advised that you have a word with your physician and take preventive measures. Restrain from using Linezolid if you :
- Are pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant.
- Are breastfeeding a baby.
- Are suffering from high blood pressure or bone marrow troubles.
- Are taking any prescriptive or non-prescriptive drugs, herbal medications or dietary supplements.
- Are involved in activities that need you to lift heavy objects or requires constant attention.
- Are allergic to any medicine, food or substance or any of the ingredients contained within Linezolid particularly.
The dosage for Linezolid varies from person and person. Your doctor may prescribe the dosage depending on your medical history, your age, gender and condition. However, the usual dose in adults for treating bacterial infections is about 600 mg both orally or for IV. It needs to be taken every 12 hours over a period of 14- 28 days. The dose for children is about 10 mg every 8 hours over 14-28 days as well. In case of suspected drug overdose seek medical supervision right away.
Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.
Bacterial SepticemiaLinezolid is used in the treatment of septicemia which is an infection of the blood caused by Staphylococci and Streptococcus pyogenes.
Skin And Structure InfectionLinezolid is used in the treatment of skin and structure infections caused by Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, including MRSA strains.
How long is the duration of effect?The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 12 to 15 hours.
What is the onset of action?The effect of this medicine can be observed in 1 to 2 hours.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendency have been reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is known to excreted in breastmilk. It is not recommended for use during breastfeeding unless absolutely necessary. Consult your doctor about the potential benefits and risks before deciding to take this medicine.
Missed Dose instructionsThe missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.
Overdose instructionsSeek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Linezolid as ingredient
Linezolid, a synthetic antibiotic, belongs to a class of antimicrobials known as Oxazolidinones. Linezolid prevents the growth and replication of bacteria by impeding its ability to produce proteins.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
ColitisAvoid if you experience severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and blood in stools after taking Linezolid. Inform the doctor if you are suffering from any gastrointestinal diseases. Drink adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration.
Interaction with Alcohol
AlcoholInteraction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Lab Test
LabInformation not available.
Interaction with Food
FoodInformation not available.
Interaction with Medicine
GlimepirideLinezolid may increase the effect of glimepiride which increases the risk of low blood glucose. Seek immediate medical treatment if you have any symptoms of dizziness, weakness, sweating. Close monitoring of blood glucose levels is necessary. Inform the doctor if you are receiving antidiabetics medications which contain glimepiride, glipizide.
OndansetronThese medicines may increase the risk of serotonin syndrome which may cause confusion, tremor, fast heartbeat, and weakness. Inform the doctor if you are receiving ondansetron or any antidepressants. Close monitoring of blood pressure is necessary. An alternate class of medicine should be prescribed based on the clinical condition.
Ethinyl EstradiolThe desired effect of contraceptive pills will not be achieved if these medicines are taken together. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.
Cholera VaccineCholera vaccine should not be administered if the patient has taken Linezolid within 14 days before vaccination. Usage of other antibiotics and vaccines should be reported to the doctor.
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