Tinidazole is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body. Tinidazole is used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria, such as infection of the intestines or vagina. It is also used to treat certain sexually transmitted infections. Tinidazole may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this article.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to tinidazole or metronidazole (Flagyl), or if you are in the first 3 months of pregnancy.You should not breast-feed a baby while you are taking tinidazole. However, you may begin nursing again 3 days after you take the last dose. Do not keep any milk you collect with a breast pump while you are taking tinidazole.
Do not drink alcohol while taking tinidazole and for at least 3 days after your treatment ends.A medicine similar to tinidazole has caused cancer in laboratory animals. It is not known if tinidazole would have the same effect in animals, or in humans. Talk with your doctor about your individual risk.You may begin nursing again 3 days after your last dose or tinidazole.
If you use a breast pump during treatment, throw out any milk you collect while taking tinidazole. Do not feed it to your baby. To make sure you can safely take tinidazole, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- a blood cell disorder such as anemia or low platelets; or
- a weak immune system.
FDA pregnancy category C. Do not take tinidazole during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.A medicine similar to tinidazole has caused cancer in laboratory animals. It is not known if tinidazole would have the same effect in animals, or in humans. Talk with your doctor about your individual risk.
Tinidazole is an antibiotic that is used to treat certain types of vaginal infections (bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis). It is also used to treat certain types of parasite infections (giardiasis, amebiasis). It works by stopping the growth of certain bacteria and parasites.This antibiotic treats only certain bacterial and parasitic infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.
Tinidazole Side Effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
- numbness, burning pain, or tingly feeling; or
- seizure (convulsions).
Less serious side effects may include:
- vaginal itching or discharge;
- nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, indigestion;
- constipation, diarrhea, stomach cramps;
- feeling weak or tired;
- headache, dizziness; or
- a metallic or bitter taste in your mouth;
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Do not drink alcohol while taking tinidazole and for at least 3 days after your treatment ends. Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- any other antibiotic;
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune);
- fluorouracil (Adrucil, Efudex, Carac, Flurorplex);
- isoniazid (for treating tuberculosis);
- lithium (Lithobid, Eskalith);
- St. John’s wort;
- tacrolimus (Prograf);
- an antidepressant such as nefazodone;
- antifungal medication such as clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche), itraconazole (Sporanox), ketoconazole (Extina, Ketozole, Nizoral, Xolegal), or voriconazole (Vfend);
- HIV medication such as atazanavir (Reyataz), delavirdine (Rescriptor), efavirenz (Sustiva), etravirine (Intelence), fosamprenavir (Lexiva), indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), nevirapine (Viramune), saquinavir (Invirase), or ritonavir (Norvir)
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with tinidazole. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take tinidazole with food
Some infections are treated with only one dose. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Do not share this medication with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
If you are treating a sexually transmitted infection, make sure your sexual partner seeks medical attention to be treated also.
Take this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Tinidazole will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, kidney dialysis, certain blood disorders (low blood cell counts).
Avoid alcoholic beverages and products containing propylene glycol while taking this medication and for at least 3 days after finishing this medicine because severe stomach upset/cramps, nausea, vomiting, headache, and flushing may occur.
Tinidazole may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. It is not recommended for use during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
This drug passes into breast milk and could have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug and for at least 3 days after finishing this medicine. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.