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What is Tarivid used for?

Tarivid is an antibiotic medicine prescribed to treat various infections caused by bacteria. These include chest infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, skin infections, urinary tract infections and prostate infections (prostatitis).

How does Tarivid work?

Tarivid is a type of medicine called a quinolone antibiotic. It works by interfering with a bacterial enzyme involved in replicating and repairing the genetic material (DNA) of bacteria. If this enzyme doesn't work, the bacteria cannot reproduce or repair themselves and this kills the bacteria and clears up the infection.

How should Tarivid be taken?

Tarivid comes as 200mg and 400mg tablets. The Tarivid dose prescribed, how often to take it and for how long depends on the type of infection. Tarivid tablets are usually taken once a day in the morning, or twice a day, 12 hours apart. Some infections like gonorrhoea only need one dose, while others may need 7, 14 or 28 days of treatment. Always follow the doctor's instructions.

Who should not take Tarivid?

Tarivid is not suitable for Children and growing adolescents, Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, People who suffer from epilepsy, People who are allergic to other quinolone-type antibiotics, eg. norfloxacin, ciprTarivid, nalidixic acid, People who have ever had problems with their tendons, such as tendonitis, caused by taking a quinolone-type antibiotic.

Is it safe to drink alcohol with Tarivid?

It's unlikely that drinking alcohol in moderation will cause problems while taking Tarivid, though in case find the antibiotic leads to an upset stomach or headache or makes feel dizzy it's best avoided. It's also sensible to avoid drinking alcohol.