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LINEZOLID 600 MG FILM-COATED TABLETS

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
Linezolid 600 mg film-coated tablets
Linezolid
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even
if their symptoms are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1.
What Linezolid is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before you take Linezolid
3.
How to take Linezolid
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Linezolid
6.
Contents of the pack and other information
1.

What Linezolid is and what it is used for

Linezolid is an antibiotic of the oxazolidinones group that works by stopping the growth of certain
bacteria (germs) that cause infections. It is used to treat pneumonia and some infections in the skin or
under the skin. Your doctor will have decided if Linezolid is suitable to treat your infection.
2.

What you need to know before you take Linezolid

Do not take Linezolid:
 if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to linezolid or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
 if you are taking or have taken within the last 2 weeks any medicines known as monoamine
oxidase inhibitors. (MAOIs for example phenelzine, isocarboxazid, selegiline, moclobemide).
These medications may be used to treat depression or Parkinson’s disease.
 if you are breast-feeding. This is because Linezolid passes into breast milk and could affect the
baby.
Warnings and precautions
Linezolid may not be suitable for you if you answer yes to any of the following questions. In this case
tell your doctor as he/she will need to check your general health and your blood pressure before and
during your treatment, or may decide that another treatment is better for you.
Ask your doctor if you are not sure whether these categories apply to you.






Do you have high blood pressure?
Have you been diagnosed with an overactive thyroid?
Do you have a tumour of the adrenal glands (phaeochromocytoma) or carcinoid syndrome
(caused by tumours of the hormone system with symptoms of diarrhoea, flushing of the skin,
wheezing)?
Do you suffer from manic depression, schizoaffective disorder, mental confusion or other mental
problems?
Are you taking any of the following medicines?
- decongestant cold or flu remedies containing pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine

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- medicines used to treat asthma such as salbutamol, terbutaline, fenoterol
- antidepressants known as tricyclics or SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) for
example amitriptyline, cipramil, clomipramine, dosulepin, doxepin, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine,
imipramine, lofepramine, paroxetine, sertraline
- medicines used to treat migraine such as sumatriptan and zolmitriptan
- medicines used to treat sudden, severe allergic reactions such as adrenaline (epinephrine)
- medicines which increase your blood pressure, such as noradrenaline (norepinephrine),
dopamine and dobutamine
- medicines used to treat moderate to severe pain, such as pethidine
- medicines used to treat anxiety disorders, such as buspirone
- an antibiotic called rifampicin
Take special care with Linezolid
Tell your doctor before you take this medicine if you:
 bruise and bleed easily
 are anaemic (have low red blood cells)
 are prone to getting infections
 have a history of seizures
 have liver problems or kidney problems particularly if you are on dialysis
 have diarrhoea
Tell your doctor immediately if during treatment you suffer from:
 problems with your vision such as blurred vision, changes in colour vision, difficulty in seeing
detail or if your field of vision becomes restricted.
 loss of sensitivity in your arms or legs or a sensation of tingling or pricking in your arms or legs.
 You may develop diarrhoea while taking or after taking antibiotics, including Linezolid. If this
becomes severe or persistent or you notice that your stool contains blood or mucus, you should
stop taking Linezolid immediately and consult your doctor. In this situation, you should not take
medicines that stop or slow bowel movement.
 recurrent nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain or rapid breathing.
Other medicines and Linezolid
There is a risk that Linezolid may sometimes interact with certain other medicines to cause side
effects such as changes in blood pressure, temperature or heart rate.
Tell your doctor if you are taking or have taken within the last 2 weeks the following medicines
as Linezolid must not be taken if you are already taking these medicines or have taken them recently
(See also Section 2 above ‘Do not take Linezolid’).


monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs for example phenelzine, isocarboxazid, selegiline,
moclobemide). These may be used to treat depression or Parkinson’s disease.

Also tell your doctor if you are taking the following medicines. Your doctor may still decide to give
you Linezolid, but will need to check your general health and your blood pressure before and during
your treatment. In other cases, your doctor may decide that another treatment is better for you.





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Decongestant cold or flu remedies containing pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine.
Some medicines used to treat asthma such as salbutamol, terbutaline, fenoterol.
Certain antidepressants known as tricyclics or SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors). There are many of these, including amitriptyline, cipramil, clomipramine,
dosulepin, doxepin, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, imipramine, lofepramine, paroxetine,
sertraline.
Medicines used to treat migraine such as sumatriptan and zolmitriptan.
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Medicines used to treat sudden, severe allergic reactions such as adrenaline (epinephrine).
Medicines which increase your blood pressure, such as noradrenaline (norepinephrine)
dopamine and dobutamine.
Medicines used to treat moderate to severe pain, such as pethidine.
Medicines used to treat anxiety disorders, such as buspirone.
Medicines that stop blood clotting, such as warfarin.

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Linezolid with food and drink





You can take Linezolid either before, during or after a meal.
Avoid eating large amounts of mature cheese, yeast extracts, or soya bean extracts e.g., soy sauce
and drinking alcohol, especially draught beers and wine. This is because Linezolid may react
with a substance called tyramine which is naturally present in some foods. This interaction may
cause an increase in your blood pressure.
If you develop a throbbing headache after eating or drinking, tell your doctor or pharmacist
immediately.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
The effect of Linezolid in pregnant women is not known. Therefore, it should not be taken in
pregnancy unless advised by your doctor. If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
You should not breast-feed when taking Linezolid because it passes into breast milk and could affect
the baby.
Driving and using machines
Linezolid may make you feel dizzy or experience problems with your vision. If this happens, do not
drive or operate any machinery. Remember that if you are unwell your ability to drive or operate
machinery may be affected.
3.

How to take Linezolid

Adults
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist
if you are not sure. The usual dose is one tablet (600 mg linezolid) twice daily (every twelve hours).
Swallow the tablet whole with some water.
If you are on kidney dialysis, you should take Linezolid after dialysis treatment.
A course of treatment usually lasts 10 to 14 days but can last up to 28 days. The safety and
effectiveness of this medicine have not been established for treatment periods longer than 28 days.
Your doctor will decide how long you should be treated.
While you are taking Linezolid, your doctor should perform regular blood tests to monitor your blood
count.
Your doctor should monitor your eyesight if you take Linezolid for more than 28 days.
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Use in children
Linezolid is not normally used to treat children and adolescents (under 18 years old).
If you take more Linezolid than you should
Tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If you forget to take Linezolid
Take the forgotten tablet as soon as you remember. Take the next tablet 12 hours after this and
continue taking your tablets every 12 hours. Do not take twice as many tablets to make up for
missing a dose.

If you stop taking Linezolid
Unless your doctor instructs you to stop treatment, it is important to continue taking Linezolid.
If you stop and your original symptoms come back tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Linezolid can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist immediately if you notice any of these side effects during
your treatment with Linezolid:






skin reactions such as red sore skin and flaking (dermatitis), rash, itching, or swelling,
particularly around the face and neck. This may be the sign of an allergic reaction and it may
be necessary for you to stop taking Linezolid.
problems with your vision such as blurred vision, changes in colour vision, difficulty in
seeing detail or if your field of vision becomes restricted.
severe diarrhoea containing blood and/or mucus (antibiotic associated colitis including
pseudomembranous colitis), which in rare circumstances may develop into complications that
are life-threatening.
recurrent nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain or rapid breathing.
fits or seizures have been reported with Linezolid. You should let your doctor know if you
experience agitation, confusion, delirium, rigidity, tremor, incoordination and seizure while
also taking antidepressants known as SSRI’s (see section 2).

Numbness, tingling or blurred vision have been reported by patients who have been given Linezolid
for more than 28 days. If you experience difficulties with your vision you should consult your doctor
as soon as possible.
Other side effects include:
Common side effects (likely to occur in less than 1 in 10 people):
 Fungal infections especially vaginal or oral “thrush”
 Headache
 Metallic taste in the mouth
 Diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting
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 Changes in some blood test results including those measuring your kidney or liver function or
blood sugar levels
 Unexplained bleeding or bruising, which may be due to changes in the numbers of certain cells in
the blood which may affect blood clotting or lead to anaemia
 Difficulty in sleeping
 Increased blood pressure
 Anaemia (low red blood cell)
 Changes in numbers of certain cells in the blood which may affect your ability to fight infection
 Skin rash
 Itching skin
 Dizziness
 Localised or general abdominal pain
 Constipation
 Indigestion
 Localised pain
 Fever
Uncommon side effects (likely to occur in less than 1 in 100 people):
 Inflammation of the vagina or genital area in women
 Sensations such as tingling or feeling numb
 Blurred vision
 “Ringing” in the ears (tinnitus)
 Inflammation of the veins
 Dry or sore mouth, swollen, sore, or discoloured tongue
 A need to urinate more often
 Chills
 Feeling tired or thirsty
 Inflammation of the pancreas
 Increased sweating
 Changes in proteins, salts or enzymes in the blood which measure kidney or liver function
 Convulsions
 Hyponatraemia (low blood sodium levels)
 Kidney failure
 Reduction in platelets
 Abdominal bloating
 Transient ischaemic attacks (temporary disturbance of blood flow to the brain causing short term
symptoms such as loss of vision, leg and arm weakness, slurring of speech and loss of
consciousness)
 Injection site pain
 Inflammation of the skin
 Increase in creatinine
 Stomach pain
 Changes in heart rate (e.g. increase rate)
Rare side-effects (likely to occur in less than 1 in 1000 people):
 Restricted field of vision
 Superficial tooth discolouration, removable with professional dental cleaning (manual descaling)
The following side effects have also been reported (frequency not known):
 Serotonin syndrome (symptoms include fast heart rate, confusion, abnormal sweating,
hallucinations, involuntary movements chills and shivering)
 Lactic acidosis (symptoms include recurrent nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, rapid
breathing)
 Severe skin disorders
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Sideroblastic anaemia ( a type of anaemia (low red blood cells))
Alopecia (hair loss)
Changes in colour vision or difficulty in seeing detail
Decrease of the blood cell count
Weakness and/or sensory changes

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Linezolid
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
There are no special storage conditions.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the pack. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help us to protect the environment.
6.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Linezolid film-coated tablet contains
-The active substance in this medicine is called linezolid. Each tablet contains 600 mg linezolid
-The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose (E460), maize starch, sodium starch glycollate
(type A), hydroxypropylcellulose (E463) and magnesium stearate (E572). The film coating contains
macrogol 400, hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide (E171) and carnauba wax (E903). The printing
ink contains red iron oxide (E172).
What Linezolid film-coated tablets looks like and contents of the pack
Linezolid 600 mg film-coated tablets are white, oval-shaped and marked “LINEZOLID 600 mg” in
red ink. Linezolid tablets are available as blister strips of 10 tablets packed in a box.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The Marketing Authorisation Holder
Pfizer Limited
Ramsgate Road, Sandwich,
Kent, CT13 9NJ, United Kingdom
Manufacturer
Pfizer Service Company BVBA, Hoge Wei 10, 1930 Zaventem, Belgium.
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following names:
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Belgium

Linezolid Pfizer

Luxembourg

Linezolid Pfizer

Finland

Linezolid Pfizer

United Kingdom Linezolid
This leaflet was last revised in 04/2014
Ref: ddZY 4_2

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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