Tinidazole

Tinidazole treats certain protozoal and bacterial infections. Take with food and take all doses until finished.

Tinidazole Overview

Reviewed: October 15, 2013
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Tinidazole is a prescription medication used to treat trichomoniasis (an STD), giardiasis (an infection of the intestine), and amebiasis (an infection of the intestine). It is also used to treat bacterial vaginosis. This is a a condition where the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina is disrupted. Tinidazole belongs to a group of drugs called antiprotozoal agents. These work by killing the organisms that can cause infection.

This medication comes in tablet form and is typically taken once daily with food.

Common side effects of tinidazole include a metallic or bitter taste, nausea, weakness, upset stomach, and headache. Tinidazole can also cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how tinidazole affects you.

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Uses of Tinidazole

Tinidazole is a prescription medication used to treat trichomoniasis (an STD), giardiasis (an infection of the intestine), and amebiasis (an infection of the intestine). It is also used to treat bacterial vaginosis

Tinidazole Brand Names

Tinidazole may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Tinidazole Drug Class

Tinidazole is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Tinidazole

Serious side effects have been reported with tinidazole. See the “Drug Precautions” section.

Common side effects of tinidazole include the following:

  • metallic or bitter taste
  • nausea
  • weakness
  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • constipation

This is not a complete list of tinidazole side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Tinidazole FDA Warning

Carcinogenicity has been seen in mice and rats treated chronically with metronidazole, another nitroimidazole agent. Although such data have not been reported for tinidazole, the two drugs are structurally related and have similar biologic effects. Use should be limited to approved indications only.