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Tigecycline

By

Brian J. Werth

, PharmD, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Last full review/revision Jul 2020| Content last modified Jul 2020
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Tigecycline works by preventing bacteria from producing proteins they need to grow and multiply.

This drug is effective against many resistant bacteria, including those with resistance to tetracyclines. However, the risk of dying is higher with tigecycline than with other antibiotics. Thus, tigecycline is used only if no alternatives are available. Tigecycline is given intravenously.

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Use of Tigecycline During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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