This page contains brief details about the drug , it's indication, dosage & administaration, mechanism of action, related brands with strength, warnings and common side effects.

Background and Date of Approval

Linezolid was initially approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on 18 April 2000.

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Linezolid's mechanism of action involves attaching to the bacterial ribosome's 23S rRNA, which disrupts the creation of working ribosomal structures necessary for protein production. This interruption slows down the beginning and building phases of protein synthesis, ultimately stopping bacterial growth and reproduction, while human ribosomes remain unaffected due to their different structure.

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Linezolid is used to treat bacterial infections caused by susceptible gram-positive bacteria, particularly in cases where other antibiotics might be ineffective due to bacterial resistance. Common applications include treating infections like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) infections, pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections, and other serious infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria. 

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Linezolid can be administered orally through tablets or liquid, taken by mouth, or intravenously through infusion into a vein. The choice between these routes depends on the severity of infection, the patient's condition, and guidance by the healthcare provider.

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Linezolid can interact with certain medications and lead to serotonin syndrome, a potentially serious condition characterized by confusion, rapid heart rate, tremors, and severe nausea. This medication might interact with tyramine-rich foods, potentially causing a hypertensive crisis with symptoms like severe headache, rapid heart rate, and elevated blood pressure.It can lead to lower platelet counts, resulting in bleeding or bruising. Rarely, this medication can cause nerve damage, leading to symptoms like tingling, numbness, or vision changes.


Inform your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking. Be cautious with your diet and follow your healthcare provider's guidance. Regular blood tests might be necessary to monitor platelet levels. If you have liver or kidney conditions, consult your healthcare provider before using Linezolid. Discuss the risks and benefits with your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have a history of neurological disorders, epilepsy, or seizures, discuss this with your healthcare provider, as its effects on the nervous system might require careful monitoring.

Side Effects

Linezolid can cause a range of side effects, both common and serious. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, insomnia, rash, itching, change in taste, and dizziness. Though rare, serious side effects might include allergic reactions characterized by severe rash, itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing. This medication can also lead to decreased platelet count, peripheral and optic neuropathy, and lactic acidosis, which are uncommon but require immediate medical attention. 

Word Of Advice

Before starting Linezolid, inform your healthcare provider about your medical history, allergies, and medications to avoid potential interactions. if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have liver or kidney conditions, or take medications that affect serotonin levels, always consult a healthcare provider before taking this medication. Be cautious about potential side effects such as allergic reactions, lowered platelet counts, and nerve-related issues. Avoid alcohol, as it can exacerbate certain side effects. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, monitoring blood sugar and pressure regularly is necessary. Tyramine-rich foods should be consumed with caution due to potential interactions. Always stick to the prescribed duration and seek medical help in case of emergencies or unexpected reactions. Maintain open communication with your healthcare provider to address any concerns and receive personalized guidance.

Frequently Asked Question


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The drug information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice, it is meant for educational purposes only. For further details, consult your doctor about your medical condition to know if you can receive this treatment.