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Are there patient specific factors affecting tigecycline dosage?

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Yes, there are patient-specific factors that can affect Tigecycline dosage. Tigecycline is an antibiotic used to treat various bacterial infections, and its dosage can be influenced by several patient-specific factors.

One such factor is renal function. Tigecycline is primarily excreted by the biliary system, with less than 15% of the dose eliminated renally [1]. However, in patients with severe renal impairment, including those on dialysis, the dosage of Tigecycline should be reduced [1].

Another factor that can affect Tigecycline dosage is hepatic function. Tigecycline is metabolized in the liver, and its clearance can be reduced in patients with hepatic impairment [1]. Therefore, a reduced dosage may be necessary for patients with severe hepatic impairment [1].

Additionally, Tigecycline has a higher volume of distribution, which can lead to a lower serum concentration in obese patients [2]. Therefore, a higher dosage may be required for obese patients to achieve the desired therapeutic concentration [2].

It is important to note that Tigecycline has a black box warning for increased mortality in patients with severe infections [1]. Therefore, it should be used judiciously and only when other antibiotics are not suitable [1].

In summary, renal and hepatic function, as well as body weight, can affect Tigecycline dosage. Healthcare providers should consider these patient-specific factors when prescribing Tigecycline.

[1] Tigecycline prescribing information. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. <>.
[2] Tigecycline dosing. <>.

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