Zyvox (linezolid) is a medication used to treat different types of bacterial infections including skin infections, pneumonia and infections that are resistant to other antibiotics. This medication does not treat viral infections including common cold or flu.
Store at room temperature. Do not freeze the liquid form of Zyvox (linezolid). Dispose the liquid form of Zyvox (linezolid) if it is unused for more than 21 days. Keep away from heat, moisture, light, children and pets.
Before taking Zyvox (linezolid), inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or breastfeeding; if you are taking prescription or over the counter medication, herbal preparation, or dietary supplements; if you have any allergies to drugs; if you have high blood pressure, a seizure disorder, kidney or liver disease, bone marrow suppression, or a weak immune system.
When taking Zyvox (linezolid), avoid foods that have high level of tyramine because it can raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels. Foods with tyramine include aged cheeses or meats, pickled or fermented meats, smoked or air-dried meats, sauerkraut, soy sauce, tap beer, red wine, or any meat, cheese, or other protein-based food that has been improperly stored. Patients taking Zyvox (linezolid) have developed lactic acidoses, a life threatening and sometimes fatal condition.
Patient Family Information : Read the directions on the prescription label. Do not take larger doses than prescribed by your doctor. Take this medication as directed on the label or by your pharmacist, doctor, or other healthcare provider. Each dose is taken with or without food. Regular blood and vision tests will be checked to ensure the medication is not causing harmful effects, especially if you are taking Zyvox (linezolid) for a long period of time. It is important not to miss any doctor appointments. Continue taking Zyvox (linezolid) even if your symptoms improve because the infection may not be completely treated.
Do not use Zyvox (linezolid) if you have used an MAO inhibitor including phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), isocarboxazid (Marplan), or rasagiline (Azilect) in the last 14 days because you may experience serious, life-threatening side effects. Also, do not use Zyvox (linezolid) if you are currently taking meperidine (Demerol), buspirone (BuSpar), pseudoephedrine (a decongestant), a diet pill or other stimulant, ADHD medications (Adderall or Dexedrine), migraine or cluster headache medications (triptans) including Imitrex or Zomig and others, medication treating Parkinson’s disease or restless leg syndrome, or an antidepressant such as Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, and others. If you have untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure, a carcinoid tumor, adrenal gland tumor, or a severely overactive thyroid, do not use Zyvox (linezolid).
Sever Side Effects : Severe: Diarrhea that is watery or bloody; pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness; numbness, burning, pain, or tingly feeling in your hands or feet; fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; blurred vision, trouble seeing colors; or seizure (convulsions).
Common: Mild rash or itching; nausea, vomiting, constipation, stomach pain or upset; vaginal itching or discharge; headache, dizziness; sleep problems (insomnia); discolored tongue, unusual or unpleasant taste in the mouth; or yeast infection in the mouth.
Other: Get emergency help if you notice symptoms of lactic acidosis including numb or cold feeling in your arms and legs; feeling dizzy, tired, light-headed, or very weak; slow or uneven heart rate; muscle pain or weakness; trouble breathing, or stomach pain, nausea with vomiting.
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