Linezolid is a medication that treats a variety of bacterial infections in different areas of the body. It is used primarily for bacterial infections of the lungs (pneumonia), skin, and soft tissues.
Linezolid belongs to a class of antibacterials known as oxazolidinones. It inhibits the production of crucial proteins, which bacteria need to perform their essential functions and proliferate.
This antibacterial medicine is available in the following dosage forms:
- Oral Suspension
Administration of Linezolid
Linezolid is commonly taken twice daily (every 12 hours) with or without meals for 10 to 28 days. For children below 11 years of age, it is administered 2-3 times per day for 10 to 28 days.
Liquid Linezolid should be carefully blended by turning the container upside down 3 to 5 times before each dosage. Remember that Linezolid should not be shaken to mix it.
Use a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup to measure the medication. The usual teaspoon at home may not contain the required quantity of liquid.
Side effects of Linezolid
Linezolid can have a few side effects. Make sure to inform your doctor about the same:
- pale skin
- trouble in breathing
- change in the colour of tongue/teeth
- white patches in the mouth
- irritation or burning of the vagina
- stomach pain
Before starting the dose and during the administration of Linezolid, there are a few points you should keep in mind:
- Inform your medical care provider if you are allergic to Linezolid or any of the components of this antibacterial medicine. Information about allergies to any other medicine should also be notified to the doctor.
- Inform your doctor about any medicines, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal items you are taking or intend to use.
- If you forget to take a dosage of this medication, take it as soon as possible. If your next dosage is approaching, omit the missing dose and resume your usual dosing regimen. Do not take two doses.
- Inform your doctor if you have a chronic infection, including carcinoid syndrome (a condition in which a tumour secretes serotonin).
- Avoid eating or drinking excessive quantities of tyramine-rich foods and drinks when using Linezolid.
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or are currently nursing. Call your doctor if you get pregnant while taking Linezolid.
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