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Generic Name: Tinidazole (tye NI da zole)
Brand Name: Tindamax

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 25, 2020.


  • A drug like this one has been shown to cause cancer in mice and rats. This effect has not been seen with Tindamax (tinidazole). If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
  • The doctor has given you Tindamax (tinidazole) for a certain health problem. Do not use Tindamax (tinidazole) for other health problems.

Uses of Tindamax:

  • It is used to treat infections.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Tindamax?

  • If you have an allergy to tinidazole, metronidazole, or any other part of Tindamax (tinidazole).
  • If you are allergic to Tindamax (tinidazole); any part of Tindamax (tinidazole); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take Tindamax (tinidazole) and for at least 3 days after your last dose.
  • If you have taken disulfiram within the past 2 weeks.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Tindamax (tinidazole).

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Tindamax (tinidazole) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Tindamax?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Tindamax (tinidazole). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take Tindamax (tinidazole).
  • Avoid alcohol and products that have alcohol or propylene glycol in them while taking Tindamax (tinidazole) and for at least 72 hours after your last dose. Drinking alcohol or taking products that have alcohol or propylene glycol in them, like some cough syrups, may cause cramps, upset stomach, headaches, and flushing.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
  • If you take cholestyramine, you may need to take it at some other time than Tindamax (tinidazole). Talk with your pharmacist.
  • If you are being treated for a disease caused by having sex, your partner may need to be treated too. Talk with your doctor.
  • This medicine may affect being able to father a child. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Tindamax (tinidazole) while you are pregnant.

How is this medicine (Tindamax) best taken?

Use Tindamax (tinidazole) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Take with food to prevent an upset stomach.
  • A liquid (suspension) can be made if you cannot swallow pills. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If a liquid (suspension) is made, shake well before use.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with Tindamax (tinidazole). If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure Tindamax (tinidazole).

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • For some infections, you will get a single dose.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Seizures.
  • Vaginal itching or discharge.

What are some other side effects of Tindamax?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Bad taste in your mouth.
  • Upset stomach.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Tindamax?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • If a liquid (suspension) is made from the tablets, throw away any part not used after 7 days.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Tindamax (tinidazole), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

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