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Linezolid is a custom-made pharmacy drug, a synthetic antibiotic that inhibits bacteria growth by disabling the protein production required for bacteria to thrive. It is classified in the family of antibiotics referred to as oxazolidinones. Physicians may opt to use linezolid to treat various infections of the blood, skin, and respiratory system.


Linezolid is mainly given as a tablet or liquid suspension, both for oral use. If your physician orders another form of linezolid, your compounding pharmacist may be able to assist you and provide other methods of delivery of the drug. The oral tablet and suspension may be taken with food, or without. Dosage scheduling is often twice a day for no more than twenty-eight days, but your physician will decide the duration and dosage amounts. Follow your physician's specific directions precisely for the entirety of your course of linezolid. If you have questions about forms of delivery, contact your compounding pharmacist and he or she will be glad to assist you.


Side effects may differ from patient to patient. Some may be fortunate and experience no side effects at all, though others may experience one or more side effects. The important point is that everyone taking this drug should remember to watch for possible side effects and contact their physician right away if any side effect or side effects become worse or seem to linger. Common side effects seen with linezolid are:

  • Eosinophilia
  • Itching
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Anemia
  • Loose or Runny Stools

Severe Side Effects:

While some patients may experience few side effects, or perhaps no side effects, others may experience severe side effects. Severe side effects require medical attention right away. If you experience anything that feels severe, or anything on the list below, contact your physician immediately and get medical treatment at once.

  • Decrease in White Blood Cells
  • Impaired Vision
  • Lactic Acidosis
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Serotonin Syndrome
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Anemia
  • Severe Allergic Reactions


Do not use this drug without first consulting with your physician.

Linezolid may be contraindicated for any of the following. Check with your physician.

  • Serotonin Syndrome
  • Adverse Drug Interaction
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Decrease in Function of Bone Marrow
  • Anemia (deficiency of red blood cells or hemoglobin)
  • Clostridium Difficile Infection
  • Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Blood Acidity Increase
  • Decrease of Cells in Blood
  • Decreased Blood Platelets
  • Decreased White Blood Cells
  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Optic Nerve Disease
  • Seizures
  • High Blood Pressure (uncontrolled)

Linezolid may be contraindicated for other conditions, diseases, or drug interactions. Ask your physician for a complete overview of contraindications.

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