is an antibiotic that kills bacteria in the body and can be used to treat or prevent bacterial infections
like Helicobacter pylori infection and the infection of the vagina
or intestines. You can also use this medication to treat certain STIs or sexually transmitted infections. Furthermore, it's FDA-approved for giardiasis, amebiasis, and trichomoniasis treatment
, as well as serve as a viable alternative in the settling of metronidazole
Follow your doctor's prescription to the letter when taking this medication. You must not take this drug in larger amounts or take it longer than advised by your doctor. Also, you should follow the directions found on your prescription label. As for actual dosage, a 2-gram tinidazole tablet is typically taken orally with a full glass or eight ounces of water. You should also take it with food.
Take note that some infections are treated with only one dose, while others have to be treated one dose a day for two to three days. It all depends on the gravity of the infection and the physical constitution of the patient. As a rule of thumb, just follow your doctor's instructions, and you should be fine.
Consult with the doctor first to determine if have an allergy
to either tinidazole or metronidazole before even taking a dose. On that note, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other drugs before taking this medication.
If you have kidney
disease or are on dialysis, have a history of epilepsy
or other seizure-related disorders, suffer from a blood
cell disorder such as anemia
, or have a weak immune system, then you must consult your doctor before undergoing tinidazole treatment.
If you missed a dose, then take it as soon as you remember. If you remember taking the dose just before your next dose, skip the last dose and take the medicine as you would normally do; do not take an extra dose to make up for the missed dose.
Tinidazole is FDA pregnancy category C, which means that it may be dangerous to an unborn baby. As such, it's important for you to notify your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking the medicine.
Do not take this medication if you are in the first three months of pregnancy as well, because it could affect the health of your child. Moreover, if you are breastfeeding, you should immediately stop breastfeeding during tinidazole treatment, because tinidazole can pass into breast
milk and may harm a nursing baby.
If you intend to breastfeed and you just stopped taking tinidazole, then you need to take a break for at least three days before starting to nurse. Also, get rid of any breast milk you've pumped while under treatment and do not feed this milk to your baby.
Lastly, if you are under treatment with another blood thinner (such as warfarin), you probably need special tests or a close adjustment of your tinidazole dosage for up to eight days after you stop taking your other blood thinning medication.
Regular side effects for this medication include bitter taste, itchiness, and upset stomach
. The less common side effects are fatigue, headache
, and dizziness
. People who have taken both tinidazole and metronidazole have claimed that toxicity is about the same except the side effects don't last as long with tinidazole. In any case, drinking alcohol during tinidazole treatment can make you violently ill.
Tinidazole has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of tinidazole is C8H13N3O4S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-(2-ethylsulfonylethyl)-2-methyl-5-nitroimidazole
• Tinidazole available : 250mg tablets and 500mg tablets