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Linezolid Oral suspension

What is this medicine?

LINEZOLID (li NE zoh lid) is an oxazolidinone antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. DO NOT SHAKE. Before using, gently mix the suspension well by turning the bottle upside down 3 or 5 times. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Household spoons are not accurate. 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 children as young as newborn for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

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

  • fever

  • irregular heart beat, blood pressure

  • seizures

  • 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

  • dizzy

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

  • stomach upset

  • trouble sleeping

  • vaginal itch, irritation

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

bupropion certain medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances doxepin fluoxetine furazolidone green tea MAOIs like Carbex, Eldepryl, Marplan, Nardil, and Parnate milnacipran procarbazine rasagiline selegiline St. John's wort tryptophan

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

medicines for allergies or colds like phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine medicines for blood pressure stimulant medicines for attention disorders, weight loss, or to stay awake

What if I miss a dose?

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.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

After this medicine is mixed by your pharmacist, store it 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 21 days.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • cancer

  • heart disease

  • high blood pressure

  • kidney disease

  • phenylketonuria

  • pheochromocytoma

  • untreated thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to linezolid, other antibiotics or medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not begin to improve or if you get new symptoms. Your doctor will monitor your condition and blood work as needed.

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.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 7/29/2011
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