GENERIC NAME: linezolid
BRAND NAME: Zyvox
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Common side effects of linezolid include:
Other possible side effects of linezolid include:
Possible serious side effects of linezolid include:
- decreased white blood cells,
- vision impairment,
- lactic acidosis,
- peripheral neuropathy,
- serotonin syndrome, and
- serious allergic reactions.
Linezolid should not be used for the treatment of catheter-related bloodstream infections or catheter-site infections since more people in the linezolid treated groups died in an investigational study of patients with these catheter-related bloodstream infections.
Linezolid may suppress the bone marrow. Therefore, complete blood cell counts should be obtained weekly and discontinuation of treatment should be considered in patients who develop or have worsening bone marrow suppression.
Peripheral and optic neuropathy may occur, most often in patients treated for longer than 28 days. Patients who experience visual impairment should be evaluated immediately.
To reduce the risk of serotonin syndrome patients taking serotonergic antidepressants should only receive linezolid if other options are not available.
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