How do you administer this medicine?
Dosage of Linezolid in details
General Dosage And Administration
The recommended dosage for Linezolid formulations for the treatment of infections is described in Table 1.
Table 1:Dosage Guidelines for Linezolid
|Infection*||Dosage and Route of Administration||Recommended Duration of Treatment (consecutive days)|
|Pediatric Patients† (Birth through 11 Years of Age)||Adults and Adolescents (12 Years and Older)|
|Nosocomial pneumonia||10 mg/kg intravenously or oral‡ every 8 hours||600 mg intravenously or oral‡ every 12 hours||10 to 14|
|Community-acquired pneumonia, including concurrent bacteremia|
|Complicated skin and skin structure infections|
|Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium infections, including concurrent bacteremia||10 mg/kg intravenously or oral‡ every 8 hours||600 mg intravenously or oral‡ every 12 hours||14 to 28|
|Uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections||less than 5 yrs: 10 mg/kg oral‡ every 8 hours 5-11 yrs: 10 mg/kg oral‡ every 12 hours||Adults: 400 mg oral‡ every 12 hours Adolescents: 600 mg oral‡ every 12 hours||10 to 14|
|*Due to the designated pathogens |
† Neonates less than 7 days : Most pre-term neonates less than 7 days of age (gestational age less than 34 weeks) have lower systemic Linezolid clearance values and larger AUC values than many full-term neonates and older infants. These neonates should be initiated with a dosing regimen of 10 mg/kg every 12 hours. Consideration may be given to the use of 10 mg/kg every 8 hours regimen in neonates with a sub-optimal clinical response. All neonatal patients should receive 10 mg/kg every 8 hours by 7 days of life.
Oral dosing using either Linezolid Tablets or Linezolid for
No dose adjustment is necessary when switching from intravenous to oral administration.
Linezolid I.V. Injection is supplied in single-use, ready-to-use infusion bags.
Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter prior to administration. Check for minute leaks by firmly squeezing the bag. If leaks are detected, discard the solution, as sterility may be impaired. Keep the infusion bags in the overwrap until ready to use. Store at room temperature. Protect from freezing. Linezolid I.V. Injection may exhibit a yellow color that can intensify over time without adversely affecting potency.
Linezolid I.V. Injection should be administered by intravenous infusion over a period of 30 to 120 minutes. Do not use this intravenous infusion bag in series connections. Additives should not be introduced into this solution. If Linezolid I.V. Injection is to be given concomitantly with another drug, each drug should be given separately in accordance with the recommended dosage and route of administration for each product.
If the same intravenous line is used for sequential infusion of several drugs, the line should be flushed before and after infusion of Linezolid I.V. Injection with an infusion solution compatible with Linezolid I.V. Injection and with any other drug(s) administered via this common line.
Compatible intravenous solutions include 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, 5% Dextrose Injection, USP, and Lactated Ringer's Injection, USP.
Physical incompatibilities resulted when Linezolid I.V. Injection was combined with the following drugs during simulated Y-site administration: amphotericin B, chlorpromazine HCl, diazepam, pentamidine isothionate, erythromycin lactobionate, phenytoin sodium, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Additionally, chemical incompatibility resulted when Linezolid I.V. Injection was combined with ceftriaxone sodium.
Oral Suspension is supplied as a powder/granule for constitution. Gently tap bottle to loosen powder. Add a total of 123 mL distilled water in two portions. After adding the first half, shake vigorously to wet all of the powder. Then add the second half of the water and shake vigorously to obtain a uniform suspension. After constitution, each 5 mL of the suspension contains 100 mg of Linezolid. Before using, gently mix by inverting the bottle 3 to 5 times. Do not shake. Store constituted suspension at room temperature. Use within 21 days after constitution.
Dosage Forms And Strengths
Linezolid I.V. Injection: 100-mL (200 mg Linezolid), 200-mL (400 mg Linezolid) and 300-mL (600 mg Linezolid) single-use, ready-to-use flexible plastic infusion bags in a foil laminate overwrap. The infusion bags and ports are latex-free.
Linezolid 600 mg Tablet:
white, capsule-shaped, film-coated tablet printed with “Linezolid 600 mg”
white, capsule-shaped, film-coated tablet debossed with “ZYV” on one side and “600” on the other
Oral Suspension: dry, white to off-white, orange-flavored granule/powder. When constituted as directed, each bottle will contain 150 mL of a suspension providing the equivalent of 100 mg of Linezolid per each 5 mL.
Storage And Handling
Linezolid I.V. Injection is available in single-use, ready-to-use flexible plastic infusion bags in a foil laminate overwrap. The infusion bags and ports are latex-free. The infusion bags are available in the following package sizes:
100 mL bag (200 mg Linezolid) NDC 0009-5137-01
100 mL bag (200 mg Linezolid) x 10 NDC 0009-5137-04
200 mL bag (400 mg Linezolid) NDC 0009-5139-01
300 mL bag (600 mg Linezolid) NDC 0009-5140-01
300 mL bag (600 mg Linezolid) 10 NDC 0009-5140-04
Linezolid Tablets are available as follows:
600 mg (white, capsule-shaped, film-coated tablets printed with “Linezolid 600 mg”)
100 tablets in HDPE bottle NDC 0009-5135-01
20 tablets in HDPE bottle NDC 0009-5135-02
Unit dose packages of 30 tablets NDC 0009-5135-03
600 mg (white, capsule-shaped, film-coated tablets debossed with “ZYV” on one side and “600” on the other)
20 tablets in HDPE bottle NDC 0009-5138-02
Unit dose packages of 30 tablets NDC 0009-5138-03
Oral Suspensionis available as a dry, white to off-white, orange-flavored granule/powder. When constituted as directed, each bottle will contain 150 mL of a suspension providing the equivalent of 100 mg of Linezolid per each 5 mL. Linezolid for
Oral Suspension is supplied as follows:
100 mg/5 mL in 240-mL glass bottles NDC 0009-5136-01
Store at 25°C (77°F). Protect from light. Keep bottles tightly closed to protect from moisture. It is recommended that the infusion bags be kept in the overwrap until ready to use. Protect infusion bags from freezing.
Distributed by: Pharmacia & Upjohn Co., Division of Pfizer Inc., NY, NY 10017. Revised: Jul 2015
What other drugs will affect Linezolid?
During your treatment with Linezolid, do not start or stop using any other medications unless your doctor tells you to.
If you take an antidepressant or psychiatric medication, call your doctor right away if you have signs of a serious drug interaction, including: confusion, memory problems, feeling hyperactive (mentally or physically), loss of coordination, muscle twitching, shivering, sweating, diarrhea, and/or fever.
Many other drugs can interact with Linezolid, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
Drugs Metabolized by Cytochrome P-450: Linezolid is not detectably metabolised by the cytochrome P-450 (CYP) enzyme system and it does not induce or inhibit the activities of clinically significant human CYP isoforms (1A2, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, 2E1, 3A4). Therefore, no CYP450-induced drug interactions are expected with Linezolid. Drugs eg, warfarin and phenytoin, which are CYP2C9 substrates, may be given with Linezolid without changes in dosage regimen.
Antibiotics: The pharmacokinetics of Linezolid were not altered when administered together with either aztreonam or gentamicin. The effect of rifampin on the pharmacokinetics of Linezolid was studied in 16 healthy adult male volunteers administered Linezolid 600 mg twice daily for 2.5 days with and without rifampin 600 mg once daily for 8 days. Rifampin decreased the Linezolid Cmax and AUC by a mean 21% (90% CI, 15, 27) and a mean 32% (90% CI, 27, 37) respectively. The mechanism of this interaction and its clinical significance are unknown.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibition: Linezolid is a reversible, nonselective inhibitor of monoamine oxidase. Therefore, Linezolid has the potential for interaction with adrenergic and serotonergic agents.
Adrenergic Agents: A significant pressor response has been observed in normal adult subjects receiving Linezolid and tyramine doses of >100 mg. Therefore, patients receiving Linezolid need to avoid consuming large amounts of foods or beverages with high tyramine content (eg, mature cheese, yeast extracts, undistilled alcoholic beverages and fermented soya bean products eg, soy sauce).
A reversible enhancement of the pressor response of either pseudoephedrine HCl (PSE) or phenylpropanolamine HCl (PPA) is observed when Linezolid is administered to healthy normotensive subjects. A similar study has not been conducted in hypertensive patients. The interaction studies conducted in normotensive subjects evaluated the blood pressure and heart rate effects of placebo, PPA or PSE alone, Linezolid alone, and the combination of steady-state Linezolid (600 mg every 12 hrs for 3 days) with 2 doses of PPA (25 mg) or PSE (60 mg) given 4 hrs apart. Heart rate was not affected by any of the treatments.
Blood pressure was increased with both combination treatments. Maximum blood pressure levels were seen 2-3 hrs after the 2nd dose of PPA or PSE and returned to baseline 2-3 hrs after peak. The results of the PPA study follow, showing the mean (and range) maximum systolic blood pressure in mm Hg: Placebo=121 (103-158); Linezolid alone=120 (107-135); PPA alone=125 (106-139); PPA with Linezolid=147 (129-176). The results from the PSE study were similar to those in the PPA study. The mean maximum increase in systolic blood pressure over baseline was 32 mm Hg (range: 20-52 mm Hg) and 38 mm Hg (range: 18-79 mm Hg) during co-administration of Linezolid with pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine, respectively. Initial doses of adrenergic agents eg, dopamine or dopamine agonists, should be reduced and titrated to achieve the desired response.
Serotonergic Agents: The potential drug-drug interaction with dextromethorphan was studied in healthy volunteers. Subjects were administered dextromethorphan (two 20-mg doses given 4 hrs apart) with or without Linezolid. No serotonin syndrome effects (confusion, delirium, restlessness, tremors, blushing, diaphoresis, hyperpyrexia) have been observed in normal subjects receiving Linezolid and dextromethorphan. The effects of other serotonin re-uptake inhibitors have not been studied. However, very rare spontaneous reports of serotonin syndrome with co-administration of Linezolid and serotonergic agents have been reported.
Incompatibilities: Injection: Additives should not be introduced into this solution. If Linezolid is to be given concomitantly with other drugs, each drug should be given separately in accordance with its own directions for use. Similarly, if the same IV line is to be used for sequential infusion of several drugs, the line should be flushed prior to and following Linezolid administration with a compatible infusion solution.
Linezolid solution for infusion is known to be physically incompatible with the following compounds: Amphotericin B, chlorpromazine HCl, diazepam, pentamidine isothionate, erythromycin lactobionate, phenytoin sodium and sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim. Additionally, it is chemically incompatible with ceftriaxone sodium.
Compatible Infusion Solutions: 5% dextrose injection; 0.9% sodium chloride injection; lactated ringer's injection (Hartmann's solution for injection).
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ReviewsThe results of a survey conducted on ndrugs.com for Linezolid are given in detail below. The results of the survey conducted are based on the impressions and views of the website users and consumers taking Linezolid. We implore you to kindly base your medical condition or therapeutic choices on the result or test conducted by a physician or licensed medical practitioners.
1 consumer reported frequency of useHow frequently do I need to take Linezolid?
It was reported by ndrugs.com website users that Linezolid should ideally be taken Once in a day as the most common frequency of the Linezolid. You should you adhere strictly to the instructions and guidelines provided by your doctor on how frequently this Linezolid should be taken. Get another patient's view on how frequent the capsule should be used by clicking here.
|Once in a day||1||100.0%|
2 consumers reported dosesWhat doses of Linezolid drug you have used?
The drug can be in various doses. Most anti-diabetic, anti-hypertensive drugs, pain killers, or antibiotics are in different low and high doses and prescribed by the doctors depending on the severity and demand of the condition suffered by the patient. In our reports, ndrugs.com website users used these doses of Linezolid drug in following percentages. Very few drugs come in a fixed dose or a single dose. Common conditions, like fever, have almost the same doses, e.g., [acetaminophen, 500mg] of drug used by the patient, even though it is available in various doses.
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