Zyvox

(linezolid)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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

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Quick facts about Zyvox
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (linezolid)

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.
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Downsides

  • Zyvox (linezolid) can cause dangerously high blood pressures when combined with certain depression medications or excessive amounts of cheese or alcohol.
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How it works

Zyvox (linezolid) is an antibacterial. It kills bacteria by preventing production of essential proteins.

Quick facts about Zyvox
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (linezolid)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Zyvox (linezolid) for Skin infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Rash
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Side effect rates for Zyvox (linezolid)

From 1498 clinical trials of Zyvox when taken for other indications (600 mg po bid)
  • Diarrhea
    8%8%
  • Nausea
    7%7%
  • Headache
    6%6%
  • Vomiting
    4%4%
  • Dizziness
    2%2%
  • Rash
    2%2%
  • Anemia
    2%2%
  • Fungal infection of the mouth
    2%2%
  • Abnormal liver function
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Zyvox.

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Risks and Warnings for Zyvox (linezolid)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • 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

    Zyvox (linezolid) may decrease the production of new blood cells in your bone marrow. This will make you more likely to catch an infection or bleed. Tell your doctor right away about any fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, or fatigue.

Pharmacist Q&A

Zyvox (linezolid) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

Zyvox treats nosocomial pneumonia and community-acquired pneumonia.

Who is this drug for?

Zyvox treats nosocomial pneumonia and community-acquired pneumonia.

Common concerns from people taking Zyvox (linezolid)

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Alcohol
  • Avoid eating excessive amounts of cheese, processed meats, alcohol, or soy sauce while on Zyvox (linezolid) because it can increase your blood pressure to a dangerous level.
Food
  • Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.