Linezolid is a prescription medicine used to treat a variety of serious infections. In particular, it is given to treat pneumonia and certain types of skin infections. This drug is a type of antibiotic that is typically taken twice a day, with about 12 hours between doses. Headache, vomiting, and diarrhea are some of the most commonly reported side effects.
What Is Linezolid?
Linezolid (Zyvox®) is an antibiotic licensed to treat a variety of serious infections, including pneumonia and certain types of skin infections. This medication comes in the form of a tablet, liquid suspension (for oral use), and intravenous (IV) injection.
Just like any medicine, linezolid can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems; most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the most common side effects seen with linezolid include but are not limited to:
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