Tinidazole - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Tinidazole: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Tinidazole?

Tinidazole is an antibiotic used to treat protozoan infections like giardiasis, amoebiasis, bacterial vaginosis, candida infections, and trichomoniasis. The oral form of the drug is usually prescribed to be taken along with food to keep away abdominal pain. It is available only under medical prescription and is highly effective in treating urinary tract infections in children and adults in all walks of life. It is advised to take the drug as per prescription.

Uses of Tinidazole:

Tinidazole is an antibiotic, specifically falling under the group of drugs called antiprotozoals. It is used to treat infections caused by microorganisms in the gastrointestinal and urinary tracts like giardiasis, amoebiasis, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis, and candidiasis. It offers its antiprotozoal effect by releasing free radicals in the target site, specific for the microorganisms. These free radicals bind to the DNA, damage them and result in the death of the microorganisms.

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Side-effects of Tinidazole:

Tinidazole should only be taken under the prescription of a registered medical practitioner. Some of the common side-effects of tinidazole are:

  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

Warning signs:

  • Fever
  • Vaginal itching
  • Chills
  • Seizure

Speak about your allergies to food, dyes, other medications, your health condition like liver, renal or heart-related issues, and any other drugs you take, as tinidazole may interfere with them.

At Yashoda Hospitals, we have a dedicated team of doctors and pharmacists to analyse your health condition and give expert advice on the safety and precautions before taking any medicine.


Frequently Asked Questions about Tinidazole

1. How long does tinidazole work?

The effect of tinidazole varies for different medical conditions and different individuals. On average, it takes about two to seven days to render its full impact on killing the microorganisms. But, it is suggested to complete the course of the drug as prescribed by your medical practitioner.

2. How long does tinidazole stay in your system?

It takes about a day or two for tinidazole to render its effects and get eliminated from the body. To avoid side effects like nausea, constipation, and organ damage, it is advised to refrain from alcohol and smoking while taking tinidazole and at least three days after completing the course.

3. Can I take tinidazole with metronidazole?

There are no contraindications that tinidazole cannot be taken along with metronidazole. Tinidazole does not interact with metronidazole and can be considered safe to be taken together. However, consult with your medical practitioner about your existing health conditions like liver, renal, or heart problems and other drugs you are taking before intaking any two drugs together.

4. Do I take all 4 tinidazole at once?

The dosage and administration of tinidazole vary for different infections. For some infections, it is taken as a single dose. For some, it is taken over a few days. So, if your medical practitioner advises you to take four tinidazole all at once, you can take them all at once.

5. Is tinidazole better than metronidazole?

Medical reviews suggest that both tinidazole and metronidazole offer almost the same effect on treating infections. Also, the effect of them varies for different infections and depends on the body type. So, it cannot be technically concluded that one is better than the other. Your medical practitioner will prescribe what is best for you. https://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0115/p102.html#:~:text=EFFECTIVENESS,effective%20for%20metronidazole%2Dresistant%20trichomoniasis

6. Is tinidazole antifungal?

Tinidazole belongs to the antiprotozoal group of drugs and cannot be classified as an antifungal. However, it is used to treat fungal infections of the reproductive tract, like candidiasis. Candidiasis is a yeast infection that affects the reproductive tract in women. Tinidazole is proven to work efficiently in treating the condition in children and adults.

7. Is tinidazole good for BV?

Yes, tinidazole works effectively against BV (Bacterial Vaginosis). The antiprotozoal drug treats bacterial vaginosis by releasing free radicals specifically attracted to the microorganisms that cause BV in the reproductive tract. These free radicals then damage the DNA of the microorganisms and cause the death of the cells.

8. Does tinidazole make you sleepy?

Yes. One of the relatively common side effects of tinidazole is that it can make you sleepy. So, it is advised to refrain from driving or other activities that demand your full focus and attention. Also, speak with your medical practitioner if you experience extensive drowsiness accompanied by abdominal pain, vaginal itching, fever, or seizures.

9. Can you drink milk with tinidazole?

It is advised not to take any dairy products along with certain groups of antibiotics like tinidazole. It is because milk or milk products may interfere with the body’s ability to process these antibiotics. So, avoid taking dairy products while taking tinidazole and speak with your medical practitioner if you have any liver, renal, or heart problems.

10. Is tinidazole used for UTI?

Yes, tinidazole is used against UTIs. It is effective against urinary tract infections (UTIs) like bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis, and trichomoniasis. The drug releases free radicals attracted explicitly to the microorganisms that cause BV in the reproductive tract. These free radicals then damage the DNA of the microorganisms and cause the death of the cells.

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