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linezolid Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- burning, numbness, or tingling
- changes in vision
- confused, restless
- discolored, sore mouth
- irregular heart beat, blood pressure
- tremor, trouble walking
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- changes in taste
- constipation or diarrhea
- nausea, vomiting
- stomach upset
- trouble sleeping
- vaginal itch, irritation
linezolid May Interact with Other Medications
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
- certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
- green tea
- MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate
- St. John's wort
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- birth control pills
- medicines for allergies or colds like phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine
- medicines for blood pressure
- stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake
How to Use linezolid
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take with food or on an empty stomach. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high blood pressure
untreated thyroid disease
an unusual or allergic reaction to linezolid, other antibiotics or medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not begin to improve or if you get new symptoms.
You will need to be on a special diet while taking this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional for a list of foods that you should try to avoid. This includes, but is not limited to, smoked or processed meats, aged cheeses, soy sauce, red wines and beer.
Do not treat diarrhea with over-the-counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if the diarrhea is severe and watery.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed to protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: July 25, 2014