Tinidazole

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Where is Tinidazole used?

Tinidazole is a type of medicine called an antibiotic that is used for the treatment of infections with anaerobic bacteria. This prescription may also be used for the treatment of:

  • Amoebic infection of the liver or intestine
  • Bacterial infection of the abdomen
  • Bacterial infection of the blood
  • Bacterial infection of the skin and soft tissue
  • Painful inflammation and ulcers of the gums 
  • Protozoal infection of the urinary organs or genitals 
  • Vaginitis 

Tinidazole can also use as part of triple therapy to eradicate a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) from the gut. The presence of these bacteria in the gut is associated with ulcers of the stomach and duodenum. Duodenum is an area of the intestine directly after the stomach. Eradicating H pylori from the gut allows ulcers to heal and also helps prevent them from recurring. 

How does Tinidazole work?

Tinidazole works by entering protozoal and bacterial cells. It interferes with their genetic material (DNA). It harms the DNA and also stops the bacteria and protozoa from creating new DNA. This eventually results in Tinidazole killing the micro-organisms, which clears up the infection.

How to use Tinidazole?

This medication is usually taken once a day as directed by your doctor. To avoid stomach upset, take this medicine with food. The recommended dosage will depend on your condition and response to the treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on weight.

Take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times for the best effect. Take this medication at the same time and in the same way every day as well. Continue taking this medicine until the full prescription is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a short time. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.

What are the possible side effects of Tinidazole?

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion 
  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Dizziness 
  • Headache

Call your doctor right away if you have these side effects:

  • Numbness
  • Burning pain
  • Tingly feeling
  • Fever or chills
  • Body aches
  • Flu symptoms 

What are the precautions in using Tinidazole?

  • This prescription should be used with caution in people with a history of liver disease, kidney dialysis, or certain blood disorders. 
  • Let your doctor know if you have any other medications including vitamins or food/herbal supplements. 
  • If you are a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, consult your doctor first before taking Tinidazole. 
  • This drug may cause several side effects that could harm your physical or mental ability to safely operate machinery or drive. Although these are rare, you should be aware of how you react to this medication before operating machinery or driving.
  • This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Inform your doctor if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you ever had experienced an allergic reaction, stop taking this medication and let your doctor know right away.
  • This is not recommended for use in people with blood disorders or a history of blood disorders, who have a condition that affects the central nervous system, or the first three months of pregnancy.