Tinidazole is used to treat infections of the digestive tract and liver and certain sexually transmitted diseases (STD). It may also be used together with other medicines for gastric ulcers caused by a type of bacteria known as Helicobacter pylori.
This medicine is also used to treat and prevent infections after an operation.
Take Tinidazole exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine should be taken with food or immediately after a meal. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Take this medicine at regular intervals. Do not skip any doses and continue to take Tinidazole even when you feel better. To clear the infection, you must complete the entire course unless otherwise directed.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Inform your doctor if you have liver disease, blood diseases or history of blood diseases.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
If you are being treated with Tinidazole for STD, you should follow your doctor's advice on ways to prevent passing the disease to others. You should also avoid sexual contact until the doctor certifies that you are cleared of the infection.
Tinidazole may cause dizziness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects include any of the following: upset stomach, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, metallic taste in the mouth, stomach cramps and headache.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following: rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
- lithium (medicine for mood disorder)
- medicines for epilepsy (seizures or fits) e.g. phenobarbital, carbamazepine
- disulfiram (medicine to treat alcoholism)
- rifampicin (medicine to treat TB)
- ketoconazole (medicine to treat fungal infection)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Tinidazole.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Protect from light.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.