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Common Uses

Some Potential Side Effects


Serious infections caused by susceptible gram-positive bacteria Overview of Gram-Positive Bacteria such as Staphylococcus Staphylococcus aureus Infections <i >Staphylococcus aureus</i> Infections (including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]), Streptococcus Streptococcal Infections , and enterococci (including vancomycin-resistant enterococci) that are resistant to many other antibiotics

Nausea and diarrhea


Anemia and low white blood cell and platelet counts

Numbness and tingling in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy)

Visual disturbances

Serotonin syndrome (confusion, agitation, tremors, or coma) in some people who have growths that sometimes produce excessive amounts of hormone-like substances (such as serotonin) or take selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) Agomelatine, a new type of antidepressant, is a possible treatment for major depressive episodes. Several types of drugs can be used to treat depression: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors... read more , monamine oxidase inhibitors, or some other drugs that affect serotonin levels


Gastrointestinal upset


Anemia and a low white blood cell count