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Linezolid-Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Linezolid is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the skin and soft tissue. It is also used to treat lung infections such as pneumonia.

How do I take this medicine?

Take Linezolid exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take Linezolid with or without food.

This medicine is available in tablet and oral suspension.

If you are given the tablet, swallow it whole with a glass of water.

If you are given the syrup, gently mix the syrup by turning the bottle over 3-5 times. Do not shake the bottle.

Linezolid should be taken at regular intervals for it to be effective. Continue to take this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.

Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Alert your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- uncontrolled high blood pressure
- pheochromocytoma (a tumour of the adrenal gland)
- mood disorders
- thyroid problems
as this medicine may not be suitable for you.

Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction (breathlessness, rashes, swollen eyes) to Linezolid.

Do not take Linezolid if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.Please see the section “Can I take this with other medicines?” below for more information.

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- blood disorder
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- eye problems
- epilepsy (seizures or fits)
- diarrhoea

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What side effects could I experience?

Linezolid may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.

Other side effects include any of the following: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, change in taste, insomnia and headache.

If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Linezolid if you are currently taking or have taken a medicine to treat depression known as a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any cough or cold medicines that contain pseudoephedrine, dextromethorphan or phenylpropanolamine.

Always inform notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol and other drinks that contain tyramine such as red wine and beer. Avoid foods that are high in tyramine, such as cheese, sausages, soya beans, fava beans, broad beans and certain pickles such as sauerkraut. Ask your doctor about the types of food you should avoid.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.

Once you have mixed the powder with water, the syrup can be stored at room temperature of up to 30°C. Throw away any unused portion after 21 days.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Linezolid-Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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