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What is Ornidazole used for?

Ornidazole is an antiprotozoal drug used in the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, giardiasis, intestinal and hepatic amebiasis. This medicine is also used to treat anaerobic bacterial infections. Ornidazole is also prescribed for the prevention of susceptible anaerobic infections in patients who undergo gastrointestinal and dental surgery. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of Ornidazole?

Like other medicines, Ornidazole can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Ornidazole are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Ornidazole cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Ornidazole develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Ornidazole can cause side effects such as headache, nausea, vomiting, tremor, dizziness, loss of taste, sleepiness and abdominal problems. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Ornidazole.

What is the recommended dosage of Ornidazole?

The dosage of Ornidazole prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Ornidazole tablet should be taken with food. Swallow the tablet whole with a full glass of water.

What if you miss a dose of Ornidazole?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Ornidazole medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Ornidazole?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Ornidazole, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Ornidazole?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Ornidazole.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications (over-the-counter products) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, which may increase the effect of Ornidazole, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Ornidazole can interact with coumarin-type oral anticoagulants and muscle relaxants.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Ornidazole?

Is it possible for me to take Ornidazole with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Ornidazole?
What are the possible drug interactions of Ornidazole?
How will Ornidazole work in my body?
How should Ornidazole be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Ornidazole drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Ornidazole is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

  • Exercise caution while driving or operating machinery as Ornidazole may cause dizziness.
  • Before taking Ornidazole, inform your physician if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive.
  • Store Ornidazole at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture.


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