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Digoxin

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Uses
Dosing
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Lanoxin®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Digoxin®;Digoxin CSD;Lanoxin®;Pediatric Digoxin CSD;PMS-Digoxin;Toloxin®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Lanoxin;Mapluxin;Vidaxil
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antiarrhythmic Agent, Miscellaneous;Cardiac Glycoside

    Uses
    • It is used to help a weak heart.
    • It is used to treat a fast heartbeat.
    • Digoxin makes the heart strong by adding to calcium inside the cells of the heart. The heart may pump stronger and better. It slows fast heartbeats.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Take as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
    • Take this drug at the same time of day.
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Swallow capsule whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • There is a liquid (elixir) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Follow the diet and workout plan that your doctor told you about.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.

    Missed 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.
    • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect capsules and tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to digoxin or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Amyloid disease, constrictive pericarditis, idiopathic hypertropic subaortic stenosis, poor electrical activity in the heart without a working pacemaker, or Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

    Precautions

    • Do not run out of this drug.
    • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
    • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood pressure and heart rate checked often. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work checked. Talk with your doctor.
    • Have your blood work (digoxin levels) checked. Have blood drawn before the daily dose (take digoxin after blood drawn). Talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Do not take cholestyramine, colestipol, diet bran fiber, or kaolin-pectin within 2 hours of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Belly pain.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools.
    • A faster, harmful heartbeat may rarely happen.
    • A slower, harmful heartbeat may rarely happen.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very loose stools.
    • A big weight gain.
    • Sudden change in eyesight or the way you see color. Objects may have yellow/green halos.
    • Not able to eat.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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