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What is Tinidazole used for?

Tinidazole is an antibiotic drug used to treat certain types of infections caused by bacteria, including bacterial vaginosis (vaginal infection) and amebiasis (intestinal infection). It is also prescribed for the treatment of parasitic infections (giardiasis).

Tinidazole is also an antiprotozoal agent indicated for the treatment of protozoal infections such as trichomoniasis, a sexually transmitted disease. Tinidazole is also prescribed to prevent and treat infections that may occur after surgery, particularly surgery on the intestines or gynecological surgery.

Tinidazole belongs to a class of antibiotics called nitroimidazoles. Tinidazole works by stopping the growth of protozoa and bacteria. This medicine will not work against viral infections such as common cold or flu. Tinidazole may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Tinidazole?

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

Take the Tinidazole medication with food. Take Tinidazole by mouth with a full glass of water.

What if you miss a dose of Tinidazole?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Tinidazole 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 Tinidazole?

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

What other drugs could interact with Tinidazole?

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

Tinidazole can interact with the following types of medicines: barbiturates, blood thinners, antifungal medications, heart or blood pressure medications, HIV medications, seizure medications and any other antibiotics.

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 Tinidazole, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

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 side effects of Tinidazole?

Like other medicines, Tinidazole can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tinidazole 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 Tinidazole cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tinidazole develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Tinidazole can cause side effects such as loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, metallic taste in the mouth, stomach pain/cramps, diarrhea, constipation, headache, weakness, dizziness or drowsiness. Some of the serious side effects of Tinidazole may include seizures, fever, breathing problems, persistent sore throat, rash or hives. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Tinidazole.

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

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


  • Before using Tinidazole, tell your doctor if you have liver disease, blood problems, seizures, fungal/yeast infection, nerve or brain problems.
  • Avoid alcohol while taking Tinidazole medication.
  • Breast-feeding is not recommended while using Tinidazole.
    • 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 Tinidazole is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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