LINEZOLID PFIZER 600 MG FILM-COATED TABLETS
Active substance(s): LINEZOLID
Linezolid Pfizer 600 mg film-coated tablets
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, pharmacist or nurse.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
What Linezolid is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you take Linezolid
How to take Linezolid
Possible side effects
How to store Linezolid
Contents of the pack and other information
What Linezolid Pfizer 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.
What you need to know before you take Linezolid Pfizer
Do not take Linezolid Pfizer:
• if you are allergic to linezolid or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in
• 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
• if you are breast-feeding. This is because Linezolid passes into breast milk and could
affect the baby.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking Linezolid.
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
Ask your doctor if you are not sure whether these categories apply to you.
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Do you have high blood pressure, whether or not you are taking medicines for this?
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
Do you suffer from manic depression, schizoaffective disorder, mental confusion or other
Take special care with Linezolid Pfizer
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
• 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 Pfizer
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 or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines.
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 Pfizer’).
monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs for example phenelzine, isocarboxazid,
selegiline, moclobemide). These may be used to treat depression or Parkinson’s
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.
Decongestant cold or flu remedies containing pseudoephedrine or
Some medicines used to treat asthma such as salbutamol, terbutaline, fenoterol.
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Certain antidepressants known as tricyclics or SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake
inhibitors). There are many of these, including amitriptyline, citalopram,
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
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.
An antibiotic called rifampicin.
Linezolid Pfizer with food, drink and alcohol
• 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, pharmacist
or nurse 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 or breast-feeding, 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.
How to take Linezolid Pfizer
Always take this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or
nurse has told you. Check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is one film-coated tablet (600 mg linezolid) twice daily (every twelve
hours). Swallow the film-coated tablet whole with some water.
If you are on kidney dialysis, you should take Linezolid after your 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.
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Your doctor should monitor your eyesight if you take Linezolid for more than 28 days.
Use in children and adolescents
Linezolid is not normally used to treat children and adolescents (under 18 years old).
If you take more Linezolid Pfizer than you should
Tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
If you forget to take Linezolid Pfizer
Take the forgotten tablet as soon as you remember. Take the next film-coated tablet 12 hours
after this and continue taking your film-coated tablets every 12 hours. Do not take a double
dose to make up for a forgotten film-coated tablet.
If you stop taking Linezolid Pfizer
Unless your doctor instructs you to stop treatment, it is important to continue taking
If you stop and your original symptoms come back tell your doctor or pharmacist
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine 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:
The serious side effects (with frequency in brackets) of Linezolid are:
Severe skin disorder (not known), swelling, particularly around the face and neck (not
known), wheezing and/or difficulty breathing (not known). This may be the sign of an
allergic reaction and it may be necessary for you to stop taking Linezolid. Skin
reactions such as red sore skin and flaking (dermatitis) (uncommon), rash (common),
Problems with your vision such as blurred vision (uncommon), changes in colour
vision (not known), difficulty in seeing detail (not known) or if your field of vision
becomes restricted (rare).
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 (rare).
Recurrent nausea or vomiting, abdominal pain or rapid breathing (not known).
Fits or seizures (uncommon) 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 SSRIs (see
section 2) (not known).
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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
Changes in numbers of certain cells in the blood which may affect your ability to fight
infection (common) some signs of infection include: any fever (common), sore throat
(uncommon), mouth ulcers (uncommon) and tiredness (uncommon).
Inflammation of the pancreas (uncommon).
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) (uncommon).
"Ringing" in the ears (tinnitus) (uncommon).
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 (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
• Fungal infections especially vaginal or oral “thrush”
• Metallic taste in the mouth
• Diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting
• Changes in some blood test results including those measuring your kidney or liver function
or blood sugar levels
• Difficulty in sleeping
• Increased blood pressure
• Anaemia (low red blood cell)
• Localised or general abdominal pain
• Localised pain
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
• Inflammation of the vagina or genital area in women
• Sensations such as tingling or feeling numb
• Inflammation of the veins (IV only)
• Swollen, sore, or discoloured tongue
• A need to urinate more often
• Feeling thirsty
• Increased sweating
• Changes in proteins, salts or enzymes in the blood which measure kidney or liver function
• Hyponatraemia (low blood sodium levels)
• Kidney failure
• Reduction in platelets
• Abdominal bloating
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Injection site pain
Increase in creatinine
Changes in heart rate (e.g., increase rate)
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
• Superficial tooth discolouration, removable with professional dental cleaning (manual
The following side effects have also been reported (Not known: frequency cannot be
estimated from the available data):
• Alopecia (hair loss)
• Decrease of the blood cell count
• Weakness and/or sensory changes
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.
How to store Linezolid Pfizer
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the pack or the blister after
‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. This medicinal product does not
require any special storage conditions.
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 protect the
Contents of the pack and other information
What Linezolid Pfizer contains
-The active substance in this medicine is called linezolid. Each film-coated tablet contains
600 mg linezolid
-The other ingredients are maize starch (corn derived), microcrystalline cellulose (E460),
hydroxpropylcellulose (E463), sodium starch glycollate type A and magnesium stearate
(E572). The film coating contains hypromellose (E464), titanium dioxide (E171), macrogol 400
and carnauba wax (E903).
What Linezolid Pfizer looks like and contents of the pack
Linezolid Pfizer 600 mg film-coated tablets are white, oval-shaped and debossed with “LZD”
on one side and “600” on the other.
Linezolid Pfizer film-coated tablets are available in blister strips of 10 tablets packaged in a
box. Each box contains either 10, 20, 30, 50, 60 or 100 film-coated tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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The Marketing Authorisation Holder
Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium NV, Rijksweg 12, B-2870 Puurs, Belgium or Pfizer Service
Company, BVBA, Hoge Wei 10, 1930 Zaventem, Belgium or Pfizer Manufacturing
Deutschland GmbH, Betriebsstätte Freiburg, Mooswaldallee 1, D-79090 Freiburg, Germany.
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following
Linezolid Pfizer 600mg, comprimé pelliculé
Linezolid Pfizer 600 mg Filmtabletten
Linezolid Pfizer 600 mg Film-Coated
Linezolid Pfizer 600 mg, filmomhulde
Linezolid Pfizer 600 mg Film-Coated
This leaflet was last revised in 09/2016
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