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.
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.
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.
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.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- blood disorder
- liver disease
- kidney disease
- eye problems
- epilepsy (seizures or fits)
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
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.
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.
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.
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.