Tigecycline (Injection)

Introduction

Tigecycline

Treats infections caused by bacteria.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Tygacil

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to tigecycline or to similar medicines such as tetracycline, doxycycline, or minocycline. You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant. Do not give this medicine to children under 8 years old because it can permanently change tooth color.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you also use blood thinners such as warfarin (Coumadin®).
  • Birth control pills may not work while you are using tigecycline. To keep from getting pregnant, use another form of birth control. Other forms include condoms, a diaphragm, or a contraceptive foam or jelly.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding or if you have a history of liver disease or pancreatitis.
  • If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.
  • Do not use this medicine for any condition that has not been checked by a doctor.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Confusion, weakness, and muscle twitching.
  • Diarrhea that may contain blood.
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
  • Sudden and severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and lightheadedness.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.
  • Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Headache.
  • Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed.
  • Vaginal itching or discharge.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

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