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Linezolid IV, Oral

Permitted Indications

May be used for the following indications:

  1. Staphylococcal pneumonia (e.g. post influenza infection) in patients with penicillin allergy.
  2. For MRSA infections post-vascular surgery where an oral option is necessary.

Otherwise, only on the advice of a Medical Microbiologist or Infection Specialist for:

  1. Restricted indications including infections due to proven glycopeptide-insensitive Staphylococcus aureus (GISA) or vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) (currently uncommon).
  2. Enabling IV/oral switch from IV vancomycin to oral linezolid (when patient discharge is possible and continuation treatment using combination, e.g. rifampicin/trimethoprim is inappropriate).
  3. Poor IV access and a glycopeptide is indicated.
  4. Use in out-patient antibiotic therapy for skin and soft tissue infections as an alternative to IV teicoplanin.
  5. Rare cases of (proven) hypersensitivity/allergy to the glycopeptides.

For all other indications contact the duty Medical Microbiologist.

Not licensed for use in children.

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