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Zyvox is a synthetic oxazolidinones antibiotic and contains a linezolid. It is used against infections caused by Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia), Streptococcus pyogenes, Streptococcus agalactiae (skin infections, including diabetic foot infections), Streptococcus pyogenes (skin infections).
Dosage and direction
Take it orally every twelve hours or as directed by your doctor. Intake at evenly spaced intervals is recommended. Take with or without food. Do not stop treatment with Zyvox even if your symptoms improve after a few days, or you may cause propagation of resistant strains. Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not become better in 10 days.
Lactic acidosis may develop while taking Zyvox for the period longer than 28 days. Inform your doctor if you experience such symptoms as light-headedness, dizziness, extreme weakness or tiredness, low body temperature, rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, sleepiness, slow or irregular heartbeat, stomach discomfort, muscle pain. Treatment which continues over 28 days may cause blurred vision, change in color perception. Contact your doctor immediately if you find changes in your vision. Liquid formulation of Zyvox contains phenylalanine and can be dangerous for patients with phenylketonuria.
If you take treatment with antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), a serotonin syndrome may develop. Its symptoms are: drowsiness, euphoria, rapid muscle contraction and relaxation,dizziness, restlessness, coordination problems, sweating, and fever. Avoid eating too much food with high tyramine content: aged cheese, fermented or air-dried meats (dry sausage, sauerkraut), red wine, tap beers, soy sauce, and any improperly refrigerated protein-rich food. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have hypertension, blood disorders (low blood counts), any allergies, chronic infection.
Hypersensitivity to oxazolidinones antibiotics.
Possible side effect
Diarrhea, headache, nausea, vomiting, trouble sleeping, or rash. In case of unusual side effects like easy bruising or bleeding, severe dizziness, severe headache, vision changes, tingling and numbness of extremities, fever contact your doctor immediately.
Inform your doctor if you are taking: apraclonidine, brimonidine, buspirone, bethanidine, bupropion, carbamazepine, entacapone, dextromethorphan, herbal products (ma huang), indoramin, papaverine, meperidine, sibutramine, SSRI antidepressants (fluoxetine, citalopram), tolcapone, sympathomimetics (methylphenidate, ephedrine), tricyclic antidepressants (amitriptyline, doxepin), "triptans" ( sumatriptan, zolmitriptan), other antibiotics, other drugs for cancer chemotherapy or others which can depress the bone marrow, other MAO inhibitors (furazolidone, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine), cough-and-cold products, diet aids.
Never take a double dose of this medication. If it is almost time of the next dose just skip the missed portion and continue to take the medicine according to the schedule.
Any medication taken in excessive quantities may be dangerous. Notify your doctor immediately in case of a supposed overdose.
Zyvox should be stored at room temperature between 20-25 C (68-77 F).
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