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Tigecycline

Last updated on 06/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Tigecycline

CHINESE NAME: 老虎黴素、替加環素、丁甘米諾環素

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Tygacil

DRUG CLASS: Antibiotics

SUB CLASS: Tetracyclines

USED FOR: Community-acquired pneumonia, intra-abdominal infections, complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI)

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS: 50 mg (injections)

What is Tigecycline for?

Tigecycline belongs to a class of medications called tetracycline antibiotics. It kills bacteria by inhibiting protein synthesis in bacterial cells. Tigecycline is used to treat serious infections including community acquired pneumonia, skin infection and abdominal infections. Tigecycline does not work for virus infections.

How to use it?

Tigecycline is injected through a needle into a vein as directed by your doctor.

Community-acquired pneumonia, complicated intra-abdominal infections, complicated skin and skin structure infections
Adult
Inject 100 mg as a single dose, followed by 50 mg every 12 hours for 7-14 days.

What are the side effects of Tigecycline?

Common side effects of Tigecycline include reduced appetite, diarrhoea, dizziness, gastrointestinal discomfort, headache, nausea and vomiting, and skin rash.

Who should not take Tigecycline?

– People allergic to Tigecycline or any component of the formulation.
– Children under 8 years.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Antibiotics like Tigecycline may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. Consider using another form of contraception while taking Tigecycline.
– This medication may cause photosensitivity. Use sunscreen and avoid tanning beds and prolonged exposure to sunlight.
– This medication can make you dizzy. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how you respond to Tigecycline.

Common dosing schedule:
Usually administered every 12 hours for 7-14 days.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Tigecycline may interact with:
– Warfarin and other anticoagulants
– Oral contraceptives, e.g. Desogestrel, Drospirenone, Levonorgestrel

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Tigecycline in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Tigecycline is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Tigecycline in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.