Compare Zyvox vs. Bactrim

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats bacterial infections.

Zyvox (linezolid) is good first-choice treatment for serious infections caused by gram positive bacteria.

Kills bacteria.

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, you can be more likely to sunburn.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 473 reviewsforBactrim
Upsides
  • Zyvox (linezolid) is effective at treating serious infections caused by certain types of bacteria.
  • Zyvox (linezolid) can be taken orally in liquid form or injected if you have trouble swallowing pills.
  • Widely available as a generic product and in a variety of formulations (tablet, capsule, suspension).
  • Works well to treat many types of bacterial infections
Downsides
  • Zyvox (linezolid) can cause dangerously high blood pressures when combined with certain depression medications or excessive amounts of cheese or alcohol.
  • Makes you sensitive to the sun.
  • Can upset your stomach
  • Drink plenty of water or fluids to avoid harming your kidneys
  • May cause birth defects
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
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473 reviews so far
59%
saidit'sworth it
49%
saiditworked well
22%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    8%
  • Nausea
    7%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Vomiting
    4%
  • Dizziness
    2%
  • Rash
    2%
  • Anemia
    2%
  • Fungal infection of the mouth
    2%
  • Abnormal liver function
    2%
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The Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Blood and bone marrow problems
    • Taking Zyvox (linezolid) for longer than 2 weeks
    • Existing bone marrow disease
    • Use of other medicines that affect the bone marrow suppression
    • Chronic infection
    • Use of other antibiotic therapies
  • Nerve and eye damage
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Taking drugs for depression, migraines, or pain
  • Infectious diarrhea
    • Taking Zyvox (linezolid) for a long time
  • Acid buildup in the blood (lactic acidosis)
  • Low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
    • Using insulin or other diabetic medications
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  • Diarrhea
  • Sunburn
  • Rash
  • Harm to fetus
  • Lower kidney function
    • Elderly
    • Taking other medicines that lower kidney function
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