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A healthcare provider may prescribe linezolid for a number of different uses, such as the treatment of pneumonia or skin infections. This antibiotic is also prescribed in cases of enterococci infections that are resistant to treatment with vancomycin (another type of antibiotic). The medication is approved for use in adults and children of all ages -- even newborns.
An Introduction to Linezolid UsesLinezolid (Zyvox®) is an antibiotic licensed to treat a variety of serious infections. This medication comes in tablet, oral liquid suspension, and intravenous (IV) injectable forms. Specifically, linezolid is used to treat the following infections:
- Certain pneumonia infections
- Certain skin and soft tissue infections
- Infections caused by the bacteria Enterococcus faecium when the bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin (Vancocin®).
Using Linezolid for PneumoniaHealthcare providers separate pneumonia into types based on where the infection occurred. These types include community-acquired and hospital-acquired pneumonia (see Types of Pneumonia).
- Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA)
- Streptococcus pneumoniae, including multidrug-resistant S. pneumoniae (MDRSP).