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    • U.S. Brand Names: Tindamax®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Estovit-T;Fasigyn;Induken
    • Pharmacologic Category: Amebicide;Antibiotic, Miscellaneous;Antiprotozoal, Nitroimidazole

    • This medicine is used to treat infections.
    • Tinidazole works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.


    How to take

    • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
    • Use prescription as directed, even if feeling better.
    • Take this medicine with food to prevent stomach upset.
    • A liquid (suspension) is available if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
    • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
    • Do not take a double dose or extra doses.
    • For some infections, you will receive a single dose.


    • Store tablets at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from light.
    • Protect tablets from moisture. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Store liquid (suspension) at room temperature. Throw away any unused portion after 7 days.



    • A similar drug has been shown to cause cancer in mice and rats. Talk with healthcare provider.


    • If you have an allergy to tinidazole, metronidazole, or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
    • If you are less than 12 weeks pregnant.
    • If you are breast-feeding.


    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • Avoid alcohol (includes wine, beer, and liquor). Do not take alcohol for at least 72 hours after the last dose. Drinking alcohol or alcohol containing products such as cough syrup may cause cramps, nausea, headaches, and flushing.
    • Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work to prevent pregnancy. Use another form of birth control while taking this medicine.
    • If you have seizures, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have any diseases of the brain, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you have any nerve damage, talk with healthcare provider.
    • If you are being treated for a sexually-transmitted disease, your partner may need to be treated too. Talk with healthcare provider.
    • To protect against sexually-transmitted diseases, use a latex condom.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Do not breast-feed for at least 3 days after you have finished this medicine.

    Side Effects

    • Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Abnormal taste. This is usually reversible.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • For females, vaginal yeast infection. Report itching or discharge.


    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Severe diarrhea, even after medicine is stopped.
    • Numbness or tingling of hands or feet.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

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