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Linezolid is an oxazolidinone class antibiotic that is used for serious or problematic infections caused by resistant enterococcal or staphylococcal organisms. Prolonged therapy with linezolid has been linked to rare instances of lactic acidosis and liver injury probably as a result of hepatic mitochondrial toxicity.


Linezolid (lin ayz' oh lid) is a synthetic antibiotic that belongs to the oxazolidinone class. It has broad bacteriocidal activity against gram positive organisms such as enterococci and staphylococci and most streptococci. It also has moderate activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Linezolid acts by blocking bacterial protein synthesis, probably as a result of blocking the formation of the functional ribosomal 70S subunit. Linezolid was approved for use in the United States in 2000 and is currently indicated for treatment of vancomycin-resistant enterococcal infections, for nosocomial pneumonia due to staphylococci (either methicillin-sensitive or -resistant) and skin and tissue infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus or pyogenes. Because of its activity against multidrug resistant enterococci and staphylococci, the use of linezolid is usually reserved for severe infections where methicillin or penicillin resistance is found. Linezolid is also used in some regimens for therapy of multidrug resistant tuberculosis. Linezolid is available in tablets of 400 and 600 mg generically and under the name Zyvox. It is also available as an oral suspension and a solution for intravenous administration. Linezolid is typically given as a 7 to 14 day course of 400 or 600 mg twice daily. Longer courses are sometimes used for persistent infections. Common minor side effects include nausea, diarrhea, abdominal upset, headache and skin rash. Rare, but severe side effects include serotonin syndrome, thrombocytopenia, optic and peripheral neuropathy, pancreatitis and lactic acidosis.


Therapy with linezolid has been associated with mild and transient elevations in serum aminotransferase and alkaline phosphatase levels in 1% to 10% of patients, although similar rates of elevations occur in patients with infections treated with comparable agents, and enzyme elevations were not found in normal volunteers given linezolid for short periods. On the other hand, ALT elevations during therapy have been higher with higher doses of linezolid, but in all instances the elevations occurred without symptoms and resolved with discontinuation of the drug.

Although the agent has been available for a limited time and its use has been restricted, several instances of clinically apparent liver disease with jaundice have been reported with linezolid therapy. A case of a hypersensitivity response with rash, eosinophilia and renal insufficiency (DRESS syndrome) with mild serum enzyme elevations has been reported. More frequently, linezolid has been linked to cases of lactic acidosis, generally arising after 1 to 8 weeks of therapy and sometimes associated with evidence of liver injury and jaundice. Lactic acidosis is usually due to injury and dysfunction of hepatic mitochondria, with resulting microvesicular steatosis and disturbed hepatic function (not necessarily accompanied by jaundice or even ALT or alkaline phosphatase elevations). Other serious side effects associated with mitochondrial damage due to linezolid therapy include peripheral and optic neuropathy, pancreatitis, serotonin syndrome and renal injury. Risk factors for developing lactic acidosis from linezolid include higher doses, longer courses of therapy and underlying chronic liver or renal disease. The mitochondrial injury is believed to be due to the inhibition of mitochondrial ribosomal function that matches the known effect of linezolid on bacterial ribosomal function. Lactic acidosis occurs after 1 to 8 weeks of treatment and can be severe, although it often resolves rapidly with discontinuation. In contrast, the optic and peripheral neuropathy due to linezolid resolves more slowly and can be permanent. Lactic acidosis can be fatal and hepatic dysfunction and jaundice have been mentioned in severe cases of lactic acidosis attributed to linezolid.

Likelihood score: A (well established cause of clinically apparent liver injury usually in association with lactic acidosis).

Mechanism of Injury

The etiology of serum enzyme elevations during linezolid therapy is not known and may relate more to the underlying condition rather than injury from linezolid. Lactic acidosis and peripheral neuropathy from linezolid are probably due to inhibition of mitochondrial ribosomal function and protein synthesis. Indeed, a mitochondrial 16S ribosomal RNA polymorphism [A2706G] has been identified in a high proportion of patients who developed lactic acidosis while on linezolid that may have represented a genetic predisposition to this adverse event. The polymorphism is in the linezolid binding site of the homologous region of bacterial 23S ribosomal RNA and thus the inhibition of mitochondrial ribosomal function may be an off-target but direct toxic effect of linezolid.

Outcome and Management

The serum aminotransferase and alkaline phosphatase elevations that occur during linezolid therapy are self-limited and resolve once therapy is stopped. There are no reports of cross sensitization and hepatic injury from linezolid in persons with hepatic injury from other antibiotics or sulfonamides. The lactic acidosis due to linezolid has been linked to injury to hepatic mitochondria and with microvesicular steatosis, but is usually rapidly reversed with withdrawal of therapy. Treatment with carnitidine, antioxidants, thiamine and prednisone has been used, but has not been shown to be effective. Use of intravenous 20% glucose infusions, which are effective in treating the lactic acidosis of acute fatty liver of pregnancy, Reye syndrome and fialuridine therapy, has not been studied. In some instances hemodialysis has been used to rapidly decrease linezolid levels and help correct electrolyte and fluid imbalance.

Drug Class: Antiinfective Agents, Miscellaneous, Oxazolidinones

Other Drugs in the Subclass, Oxazolidinones: Tedizolid



Linezolid – Zyvox®


Antiinfective Agents


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Linezolid 165800-03-3 C16-H20-F-N3-O4
Linezolid chemical structure


References updated: 6 June 2019

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    (Among 824 patients receiving outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy, 210 [25%] developed eosinophilia during treatment [median onset 15 days] inlcuding 10 of 31 recipients of linezolid, none of whom had DRESS syndrome or a serious cutaneous adverse reaction).
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