Tindamax

Generic Name: Tinidazole

  • What is Tindamax?

    Tindamax is used to treat certain types of parasitic infections including trichomoniasis, giardiasis, intestinal amebiasis, amebic liver abscess, and bacterial vaginosis in nonpregnant women.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Tindamax?

    Do not drink alcohol while taking Tindamax or for 3 days after you stop taking the drug. Combining alcohol with Tindamax can cause stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and flushing.

    Take all of the Tindamax that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.

    Antibacterial drugs including Tindamax should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).

  • Who should not take Tindamax?

    Do not take Tindamax if you are sensitive to the drug or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to other drugs in the same class (known as azoles), such as metronidazole. Tindamax should not be used during the first 3 months of pregnancy or in nursing mothers unless breastfeeding is interrupted during treatment, and for 3 days after the last dose of the drug.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Tindamax?

    Mention all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tindamax. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of blood disorders, seizure disorder including epilepsy, central nervous system diseases, liver disease, or a yeast infection.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Trichomoniasis
    Adults: The usual dose is a single dose of 2 grams (g) taken with food. Since trichomoniasis is a sexually transmitted disease, sexual partners should be treated with the same dose and at the same time.

    Giardiasis
    Adults:
    The usual dose is a single 2 g dose taken with food.

    Children ≥3 years: The usual dose is a single dose of 50 milligrams (mg) per 2.2 pounds of body weight, up to a maximum of 2 g, taken with food.

    Intestinal Amebiasis
    Adults: The usual dose is 2 g daily for 3 days taken with food.

    Children ≥3 years: The usual dose is 50 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight, up to a maximum of 2 grams, taken for 3 days with food.

    Amebic Liver Abscess
    Adults: The usual dose is 2 g daily for 3-5 days taken with food.

    Children ≥3 years: The usual dose is 50 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight, up to a maximum of 2 g, taken for 3-5 days with food.

    Bacterial Vaginosis
    Adults: The usual dose is 2 g daily for 2 days taken with food, or 1 g daily for 5 days taken with food. Children who take Tindamax for more than 3 days must be closely monitored.

  • How should I take Tindamax?

    Take Tindamax with food at about the same time each day. If you cannot swallow tablets, a pharmacist can make Tindamax into a syrup.

  • What should I avoid while taking Tindamax?

    Avoid taking Tindamax if you have taken disulfiram within the last 2 weeks.

    Do not drink alcohol while taking Tindamax and for 3 days after finishing the medication.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Tindamax?

    If Tindamax is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Tindamax with the following: alcohol, blood thinners such as warfarin, cholestyramine, cimetidine, cyclosporine, disulfiram, fluorouracil, fosphenytoin, ketoconazole, lithium, oxytetracycline, phenobarbital, phenytoin, propylene glycol, rifampin, or tacrolimus.

  • What are the possible side effects of Tindamax?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: metallic/bitter taste, nausea, weakness, tiredness, stomach upset, cramps, vomiting, loss of appetite, headache, dizziness, constipation

    Although rare, Tindamax has caused seizures and numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, legs, and feet. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking Tindamax and call your doctor right away.

  • Can I receive Tindamax if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. Do not take Tindamax during the first 3 months of pregnancy or if you are breastfeeding. Tindamax can be used during the last 6 months of pregnancy if your doctor decides the benefits outweigh the risks.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Tindamax?

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Tindamax?

    Store at room temperature and protect from light.

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