Without a Prescription
Ornidazole is a common antiprotozoal remedy; in other words, the use of this medication is able to target and kill the harmful pathogens (amoeba and / or bacteria) in the human organism. The active ingredient of Ornidazole is ornidazole. However, a dose of Ornidazole also has other components, including the following inactive ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, maize starch, titanium dioxide methylhydroxyethylcellulose, magnesium stearate, methylhydroxypropylcellulose, talc, and so on.
Ornidazole is typically employed in the treatment of infections throughout the organism, and especially in the case of intestinal infections or vaginal / urinary tract infections, as it has been proven to have a strong effect against invasive amoeba and anaerobic bacteria. In many cases, Ornidazole is also prescribed as a prophylactic agent in order to prevent infections from occurring as a result of surgical procedures. Ornidazole can also be prescribed in other situations. As such, it is recommended to consult with the prescribing health care specialist if you would like to learn more about the reason you have been prescribed a therapy course with Ornidazole.
Ornidazole should not be prescribed or administered to patients that are suffering from an allergy to Ornidazole or to any of its ingredients, or to patients that have known hypersensitivity reactions to other nitroimidazole derivatives.
You should talk to your personal health care provider regarding your medical history and general health condition prior to starting a therapy course with Ornidazole, especially if you are suffering from liver disease, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy. Also, at this time it is not known whether Ornidazole may pass into breast milk or if it may affect an unborn baby. As such, you should discuss the risks and benefits of the treatment if you are a nursing mother, if you are pregnant or if you plan to become pregnant in the near future.
It is strongly suggested that you continue the Ornidazole treatment for as long as it has been prescribed to you by your personal health care specialist. You may experience an alleviation of the symptoms within a few days from the beginning of the therapy, but you need to continue taking the medication to ensure that the infection has cleared completely. The treatment course is typically short, of at most ten days.
The Ornidazole tablets may be taken with food or water, in order to reduce stomach upset. You should keep a strict intake schedule, and never take a larger dose than recommended. Also, do not take this medication more often than you have been prescribed.
Generally, the Ornidazole dosage employed for the treatment of children weighing more than 35 kg and adult patients is of three tablets, 500 mg each, administered once per day (typically in the evening) for up to three days. There may be variations of the dosage or intake schedule, depending on the infection being treated as well as on several other factors - for example, you may receive instructions to take one or two Ornidazole tablets in the morning and again in the evening. If the prescribing health care specialist's instructions are different from the above information, you should follow the prescriber's directions. Children of less than 35 kg will receive a dose of 25 to 40 mg/kg in one daily intake, for no more than ten days. The exact dosage will be determined by the examining health care professional.
In the case Ornidazole is prescribed as a prophylactic agent during surgery, the typical dosage is of three tablets 12 hours prior to surgery; after the surgery the patient should continue to take one tablet every 12 hours for a few days.
Ornidazole may cause an overdose if taken in excessive amounts. As such it is best to avoid taking this medication in larger doses or for longer time periods than prescribed. If you think you are suffering from an overdose with this medication, you should contact your local poisons center or the nearest emergency room for further information on how to handle the situation. You may be required to move to the nearest medical facility, as severe cases call for emergency medical attention.
In case you have missed one of your scheduled Ornidazole doses it is best to take it as soon as you remember and continue with your normal medication schedule. If the moment when you remember is too close to another intake, it is recommended to completely skip taking the missed dose and continue with your normal medication schedule. Unless your supervising health care specialist directly advises you to do so, never take a double dose of Ornidazole in order to make up for a missed one.
While normally Ornidazole does not cause any side effects, some patients have reported experiencing unexpected and bothersome signs and symptoms such as headaches, unusual tiredness, nausea and vomiting, tremor, dizziness, vertigo, skin reactions, tingling or numbness sensations in the extremities, taste disturbances. In other cases, more severe side effects were noted, which required immediate medical attention: coordination disturbances, loss of consciousness, seizures, rigidity or allergic reactions. There may be other side effects associated with Ornidazole treatment that are not listed here. It is best that you let your personal physician know of any unexpected signs or symptoms that you experience during your treatment with Ornidazole.
Ornidazole may interact with other drugs and medication. Vecuronium Bromide or other muscle relaxants, or blood thinning medication (for example Warfarin) may cause unwanted reactions when taken during a treatment course with Ornidazole. There may be other drugs and medication that react with this medicinal product as well; it is best that you inform the prescriber of any medication therapy you are currently following before starting a treatment with Ornidazole.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Ornidazole may also be known as: