Zyvox Uses

How Does This Medication Work?

Zyvox belongs to the oxazolidinone class of antibiotics. It works by attaching to bacterial ribosomes (ribosomes are parts of cells that make protein).
Specifically, this drug binds to the 50S subunit of the bacterial ribosome and prevents it from going on to make proteins, which are necessary for the bacteria to grow and multiply. By preventing bacteria from making proteins, Zyvox stops bacterial growth (this is known as being bacteriostatic) and kills bacteria (this is known as being bactericidal).
Because human ribosomes do not have 50S subunits, Zyvox does not interfere with protein production in humans.

Can Children Use It?

Zyvox is approved for the treatment of infections in children of all ages, including newborns.

Off-Label Uses for Zyvox

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the officially approved uses. This would be known as an "off-label" use. Prescribing Zyvox for an infection not discussed in this article would be an "off-label" use. For example, some of these off-label uses include the treatment of:
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections
  • Febrile neutropenia in people with cancer
  • Bone infections (osteomyelitis)
  • Mycobacteriosis (infections caused by bacteria called mycobacteria).
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Zyvox Medication Information

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