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Who should not receive tigecycline?

Tigecycline is contraindicated for use in children younger than eight years of age because of the risk of permanent discoloration of teeth.

It should not be received by pregnant women. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or plan to become pregnant before receiving tigecycline. The FDA has classified tigecycline as a pregnancy Category D drug, meaning studies indicate that the medication may harm a developing fetus. It is not known whether tigecycline is passed through breast milk to a nursing infant. A woman should discuss with her doctor the potential risks of breastfeeding while receiving tigecycline. It decreases the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. While using tigecycline, a woman should utilize an alternative method of non-hormonal birth control to prevent pregnancy.

Tigecycline causes sun sensitivity. To prevent sunburn, avoid exposure to the sunlight and wear protective clothing and sun screen when exposure is unavoidable. Tigecycline may cause severe diarrhea. Medications indicated for treatment of diarrhea may make diarrhea worse. Ask your doctor for advice, but do not self-treat. You should not use tigecycline if you have diarrhea or liver disease. You should not receive tigecycline if you are allergic to ingredients in the medication. You should not receive tigecycline if your infection is not caused by bacteria. Viral, fungal and parasitic infections cannot be treated by tigecycline.

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