What is Zyvox?

Zyvox (linezolid) is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body.

Zyvox is used to treat different types of bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, skin infections, and infections that are resistant to other antibiotics.

Zyvox

Health Benefits

Zyvox has a number of health benefits. In general, it is an effective antibiotic that can fight off a variety of bacterial infections.

More specifically, Zyvox has been shown to be effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. MRSA is a type of bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics, making it difficult to treat. Zyvox is one of the few antibiotics that can effectively treat MRSA infections.

Another health benefit of Zyvox is that it can be used to treat vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections. VRE is another type of bacteria that is resistant to many antibiotics. Like MRSA, VRE can be difficult to treat. However, Zyvox has been shown to be effective against VRE infections.

Side Effects

Zyvox is generally well-tolerated and side effects are rare. The most common side effect is nausea, which occurs in less than 1% of people. Other potential side effects include headache, diarrhea, and dizziness.

Overall, Zyvox is a safe and effective antibiotic that can be used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. It is especially effective against MRSA and VRE infections. If you are considering taking Zyvox for your infection, be sure to talk to your doctor first to make sure it is the right medication for you.

Dosage

Zyvox is available in tablet and injectable form. The usual dose is 600 mg taken every 12 hours for 10-14 days.

For MRSA infections, the usual dose is 600 mg taken every 12 hours for 7-14 days.

For VRE infections, the usual dose is 600 mg taken every 12 hours for 10-14 days.

Interactions

Zyvox can interact with other medications. Be sure to tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Zyvox should not be taken with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). MAOIs are a type of medication used to treat depression. Taking Zyvox with MAOIs can cause serious or life-threatening side effects.

If you are taking warfarin (Coumadin), you should avoid taking Zyvox. Warfarin is a blood thinner that can increase the risk of bleeding if it is taken with Zyvox.

Mechanism of Action

Zyvox works by inhibiting the production of proteins that are necessary for bacteria to grow and multiply. Without these proteins, bacteria cannot survive. Zyvox is effective against a variety of different bacteria, including MRSA and VRE.

Pharmacokinetics

Zyvox is well-absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and reaches peak levels in 2-3 hours. The half-life of Zyvox is 8.5 hours.

Alternatives to Zyvox

There are a number of alternatives to Zyvox. These include other antibiotics, such as vancomycin (Vancocin), daptomycin (Cubicin), and linezolid (Zyvox).

If you have an MRSA infection, you may be treated with vancomycin. Vancomycin is an antibiotic that is effective against MRSA infections. However, it can cause serious side effects, such as kidney damage.

If you have a VRE infection, you may be treated with daptomycin. Daptomycin is an antibiotic that is effective against VRE infections. However, it can cause muscle pain and weakness.

Linezolid is another antibiotic that is effective against both MRSA and VRE infections. however, it can cause serious side effects, such as bone marrow suppression.