linezolid - injection, Zyvox
GENERIC NAME: LINEZOLID - INJECTION (lin-AZE-oh-lid)
BRAND NAME(S): Zyvox
HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a vein as directed by your doctor, usually every 12 hours. It should be injected slowly over 30 minutes to 2 hours. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children the dosage may also be based on weight, and they may be directed to inject this medication every 8 hours.If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.Linezolid is related to a group of drugs called MAO inhibitors. Certain foods interact with MAO inhibitors, causing severe headache and increased blood pressure. This could lead to a medical emergency. Therefore, it is important to avoid or limit intake of these foods to reduce your risk of these serious problems. (See Drug Interactions section.)Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, use this drug at evenly spaced intervals.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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