What is Zyvox?
Zyvox is an antibiotic drug used for treating various infections that are caused by Gram-positive bacteria. It is part of a class of drugs called oxazolidinones. These are protein synthesis distributors, which are effective in disrupting the growth and reproduction of bacteria. Zyvox is a completely synthetic drug developed in the 90’s and approved in 2000. It has a hefty price tag but has proven to be more cost-effective than countless other antibiotic drugs on the market.
What are the indications for using Zyvox?
As mentioned before, Zyvox is applied in cases of severe infection caused by gram-positive bacteria. Such infections include:
- Hospital- and community-acquired pneumonia – an illness caused by bacteria, usually centered in the respiratory tract. Symptoms include fever, chest pains, cough, and difficulty breathing.
- Skin infections – usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus and spreading through direct or indirect contact. Sores, blisters, and swollen glands are typical symptoms.
- Diabetic foot – a complication of diabetes mellitus caused by bacteria and characterized by ulceration, infection, or Neuropathic osteoarthropathy.
What is the dosage of Zyvox?
Zyvox is available in 600mg tablets. The recommended dose for treating infections is 600mg every twelve hours, but the term of treatment varies with the condition being treated. For children under 12, the dose is significantly smaller and depends on their weight.
What are the contraindications for using Zyvox?
Zyvox is known to interact with Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors and Adrenergic and Serotonergic Agents. If you are on such drugs, you should consult a doctor before taking Zyvox. This drug is contraindicated to anyone allergic to it or its active substances. Other patients who suffer from seizure, renal impairment, thyrotoxicosis, carcinoid syndrome and several other illnesses must consult a doctor before opting for treatment.
What are the adverse effects of Zyvox?
When the drug is used for short periods, the side effects are comparatively mild; including nausea, vomiting, headache, and rash, but long-term use has sometimes led to bone marrow suppression and peripheral neuropathy.
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