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Tigecycline is a powerful custom pharmacy drug classified in the family of drugs known as tetracycline antibiotics. Tigecycline is given to patients who have succumbed to various infections such as non-hospital developed types of pneumonia, certain skin infections, and infections of the abdomen area. Tigecycline is a bacteria killer and works to defeat infections at their source.


Tigecycline is often given as an injection, often as an intravenous infusion that may take up to an hour to complete. It comes in powder form to be mixed with a fluid before injection. Consult with your doctor for specific information. If your doctor prescribes tigecycline for your use at home, be sure to get specific and detailed instruction on the entire process of injection/infusion. If you are unclear, ask questions to clarify. Never use any drug without a complete understanding of how to use it, for inappropriate use or overdose may cause dangerous or deadly consequences. Always ask your doctor for precise information and instructions for the usage of all drugs you are prescribed.


Drugs and medications utilized today often provide many needed benefits such as relief from symptoms, prevention of symptoms, as well as, in some cases, prevention of medical conditions altogether. Unfortunately, however, all drugs and medications also have the propensity to bring about side effects. Side effects may differ from individual to individual. To best be prepared for potential side effects, talk to your doctor and find out more information. Common side effects seen with tigecycline are:

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea and/or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Taste Changes (how things taste)
  • Loss of Appetite or No Appetite
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Vaginal Discharge (often white, or yellow)
  • Itching (vagina)
  • Pain, Swelling, Bleeding, or Redness (near the tigecycline injection site)

NOTE: See your doctor if any of the above persist or worsen.

Severe Side Effects Overview:

Some patients might experience dangerous and/or severe side effects. If you experience anything while taking tigecycline that feels severe, see your doctor right away or get immediate medical attention. Some of the more common severe side effects are listed below.

  • Watery or Bloody Stools
  • Severe Diarrhea
  • Blistering Skin
  • Peeling Skin
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Tingling and/or Swelling (face, neck, throat, tongue, lips, or possibly eyes)
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Trouble Swallowing
  • Ongoing Pain (may spread from stomach to the back)
  • General Signs of Infection
  • Sore Throat, Fever, Chills


Drugs and medications of any kind could possibly be contraindicated for anyone depending on numerous medical and health factors. Only your doctor should decide if the use of tigecycline would be safe for you.

Tigecycline may be contraindicated for the following:

  • High Level of Bilirubin in Blood
  • Pancreatitis
  • Clostridium Difficile Infection
  • Severe Liver Disease
  • Pregnancy
  • Ruptures (wall of the stomach or intestine)
  • Allergy to Tigecycline or its Ingredients

Tigecycline is possibly contraindicated for many conditions. Consult with your doctor for more information on all the possible contraindications that could be relevant to you and/or your condition.

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