Treats infections caused by bacteria.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
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
- 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.
- You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Use a new needle and syringe each time you inject your medicine.
If a dose is missed:
- Call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- If you store this medicine at home, keep it at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
- Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, containers, and other supplies. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
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 contraceptive foam or jelly.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding.
- Tell your doctor if you have liver disease, or any bleeding or infection in your stomach or intestines.
- 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.
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
- Diarrhea that may contain blood.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting.
- Vaginal itching or discharge.