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    Information about Linezolid

    Linezolid uses

    Linezolid is used in the treatment of severe bacterial infections. It is used for the treatment of bacterial infections of lungs (Pneumonia), skin & soft tissues.

    How linezolid works

    Linezolid is an antibiotic. It stops bacterial growth by preventing synthesis of essential proteins required by bacteria to carry out vital functions.

    Common side effects of linezolid

    Diarrhea, Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Decreased blood cell count
    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Love Sharma
    PhD (Pharmacology), PGDPRA
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Varun Gupta
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    27 Dec 2019 | 01:08 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Linezolid

    • Linezolid treats serious infections caused by certain types of bacteria.
    • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
    • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection to come back and harder to treat.
    • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it doesn't stop or if you find blood in your stools.
    • Avoid taking excessive cheese, processed meats, alcohol, or soy sauce while taking this medication as these may cause an excessive rise in your blood pressure.
    • Inform your doctor if you develop fever, shortness of breath, or any changes in your vision.
    • Do not take it for more than 14 days without consulting your doctor.

    Frequently asked questions for Linezolid


    Q. Can the use of Linezolid cause diarrhea?

    Yes, the use of Linezolid can cause diarrhea. It is an antibiotic which kills the harmful bacteria. However, it also affects the helpful bacteria in your stomach or intestine and causes diarrhea. If you are experiencing severe diarrhea, talk to your doctor about it.

    Q. What foods should I avoid while taking Linezolid?

    You should avoid taking large quantities of food that contain high tyramine in it. Foods that are fermented, cured, aged or spoiled contain high amount of tyramine e.g cheese, red wine, pickle, over ripe fruits etc. Consuming tyramine while taking Linezolid can result in elevation of blood pressure, which may result in an emergency situation.

    Content on this page was last updated on 27 December, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)