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Tinidazole

Tinidazole

March 11, 2021
Tinidazole

Tinidazole is a type of medicine called an antibiotic that is used in certain bacterial and parasitic infections. This helps stops the growth of certain bacteria and parasites. This prescription has already been approved by the FDA. Tinidazole comes as a tablet with the dosage strengths of 300 mg and 500 mg for oral use.

Frequently Ask Questions About Tinidazole

What condition does Tinidazole treat?

Tinidazole is used for the treatment of infections with anaerobic bacteria and as part of triple therapy to eradicate a type of bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) from the gut. This medication can also use in combination with a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole or lansoprazole. It may be used with the antibiotics amoxicillin or clarithromycin for this purpose. Tinidazole may also be used for the treatment of:

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

Tinidazole is used to treat these types of infections, as well as skin and soft tissue infections such as leg ulcers and pressure sores that are infected with anaerobic bacteria.

How does Tinidazole work?

In anaerobic bacteria, this medication enters the bacterial and protozoal cells. It interferes with their genetic material called DNA. It harms the DNA and also stops the protozoa and bacteria from creating new DNA. This eventually results in Tinidazole killing the micro-organisms which clear up the infection.

In Helicobacter pylori, the occurrence of these bacteria in the gut is related to ulcers of the duodenum and stomach. Duodenum is a part of the intestine right after the stomach. Eradicating H pylori from the gut permits ulcers to heal and also helps avoid them from recurring.

What is the dosage of Tinidazole?

  • Take this medication usually once a day by mouth or as directed by your doctor.
  • The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on weight.
  • To prevent stomach upset, take this medication with food.
  • Swallow the tablet with a glass of water. Do not break or chew the tablet before you swallow it.
  • Take this medication at the same time and in the same way every day as well.
  • Even if you don’t have symptoms after a short time continues taking this medicine until the full prescription is finished. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.
  • Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse

What are the precautions in using Tinidazole?

  • Do not drink alcohol while you are on Tinidazole and for three days after finishing your course of treatment. Drinking alcohol along with this medicine is likely to cause other unpleasant effects or make you feel very sick.
  • 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 have experienced an allergic reaction to this medicine, stop using this and inform your doctor 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.
  • 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.
  • If you need to take this medicine for longer than 10 days, your doctor may want you to have some tests. Make sure you keep any appointments that your doctor gives to you.
  • This medication may stop the oral typhoid vaccine from functioning well. If you are about to have any vaccinations, you need to make sure that the person treating you recognizes that you are taking Tinidazole.

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