Antibiotic treatment can cause a type of diarrhea that, in rare cases, becomes extremely severe.
If you develop diarrhea after starting Zyvox, be sure to notify your doctor immediately.
It is prescribed to treat certain types of pneumonia, some forms of skin infection, and infections involving certain strains of a germ called Enterococcus faecium.
Zyvox is a member of a new class of antibiotics called oxazolidinones.
Zyvox side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
More common side effects may include:
Less common and rare side effects may include:
- Vaginal infection;
- Tongue discoloration;
- Fungal infection of the mouth;
- Changes in taste;
Zyvox is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you have a condition called phenylketonuria and must avoid the amino acid phenylalanine, it's important to know that the liquid formulation of zyvox contains this substance;
- If you have high blood pressure;
- If zyvox gives you an allergic reaction, you won't be able to use it;
Do not take Zyvox with any of the following drugs:
- Serotonin-boosting antidepressants such as paxil, prozac, and zoloft, as well as other antidepressants such as elavil and tofranil;
- Over-the-counter cold medicines and cough syrups that contain pseudoephedrine;
- Decongestants such as sudafed and entex;
Uncomplicated Skin Infections
The usual dosage is 400 milligrams every 12 hours for 10 to 14 days.
Pneumonia and Complicated Skin Infections
The usual dosage is 600 milligrams every 12 hours for 10 to 14 days.
Enterococcus faecium Infections
The usual dosage is 600 milligrams every 12 hours for 14 to 28 days.
Little is known about the effects of a Zyvox overdose. However, any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences, so if you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.