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Digitran 0.25mg Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Digitran 0.25mg Tablet is a medicine used for the treatment of heart failure in combination with other medicines. It helps to provide symptomatic relief by making the heart pump blood more efficiently. This medicine is also used to treat abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia).

Digitran 0.25mg Tablet restores and maintains a normal and steady heartbeat. It should be taken regularly as advised by the doctor. You may take it with or without food but it is better to take this medicine at a fixed time. This medicine should not be stopped abruptly without consulting the doctor as this can worsen your condition. Regular follow-up with your doctor is advised while using this medicine.

Common side effects of this medicine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and visual disturbances. Consult your doctor if these effects bother you. This medicine is used with caution for some people. Thus, you must inform the doctor if you are suffering from any kidney disease. Also, let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and about all the other medications that you are taking regularly. Your doctor may advise for regular monitoring of kidney function while you are taking this medicine.

Uses of Digitran Tablet

Side effects of Digitran Tablet

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Digitran

  • Visual impairment
  • Skin rash
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats)

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Skin rash
    There are many treatments for a wide range of skin problems. Avoid hot showers or baths because hot water can irritate the skin. Make sure to pat dry your skin after a bath or shower. Do not rub or scratch the affected area. Leave the skin exposed to the air as much as possible. Do not use perfumed soaps or deodorants. Water containing chlorine can make most skin problems worse, so avoid swimming. Avoid spicy foods, alcohol, tobacco smoke and caffeine as it may also make itching worse. Avoid excessive sun exposure. Always use sunscreen and protective clothing when outdoors. Moisturizers can be used regularly to soothe and hydrate the affected area. If it does not get better within a week, speak to a pharmacist or doctor.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Diarrhea
    Keep up your intake of fluids and electrolytes (sugars and salts) to avoid getting dehydrated. Eat less fiber (avoid raw fruits, fruit juice and vegetables). Talk to your doctor about possible medication to manage diarrhea. Ask about reducing the dosage of your drug or other suitable treatments.
  • Coping with Dizziness
    This is usually short-lived and should go away within a few days. If this happens, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Lying still in a dark, quiet room may help reduce the spinning feeling. Sleep with your head slightly raised on two or more pillows. Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Get plenty of rest and try to relax as being anxious can make it worse. Try taking this medicine at bedtime to reduce the symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and ginger tea may also help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking as it will make you feel worse. Avoid driving or using tools or machinery until you feel better.
  • Coping with Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats)
    Changes to your heart rhythm can be treated with a variety of medicines. You should ask your doctor whether you need medication or not. You can also try to prevent arrhythmias by limiting the amount of alcohol you drink and quitting smoking. Cut down the amount of coffee, tea or cola you drink. Lose weight if you need to. In general, keeping active, eating a healthy well-balanced diet, and having your blood pressure and cholesterol level under control is good for any heart condition. Your doctor will probably want you to get follow-up tests while taking this medicine and advise you accordingly.

How to use Digitran Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Digitran 0.25mg Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Digitran Tablet works

Digitran 0.25mg Tablet is a cardiac glycoside. It works by correcting irregular heartbeat to a normal rhythm and increases the force with which the heart muscle contracts with every heartbeat. This makes the heart pump more efficiently and increases blood circulation throughout the body.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Digitran 0.25mg Tablet.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Digitran 0.25mg Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Digitran 0.25mg Tablet is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Driving
UNSAFE
Digitran 0.25mg Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
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Kidney
CAUTION
Digitran 0.25mg Tablet should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Digitran 0.25mg Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function tests, potassium, magnesium and calcium levels is advisable while you are taking this medicine.
Liver
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Digitran 0.25mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Digitran 0.25mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Digitran Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Digitran 0.25mg Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

Alternate Brands

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Quick Tips

  • Take Digitran 0.25mg Tablet at the same time every day.
  • Notify your doctor about other medicines you're taking to avoid drug interactions.
  • Symptoms of overdose include slow heartbeat, dizziness, lightheadedness and breathing problems.
  • Do not discontinue use without consulting your doctor even if you feel better. Stopping abruptly could worsen your condition.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Cardiac glycosides
Habit Forming
No

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Digitran with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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FAQs

Q. Is digoxin and digitalis the same drug?

Digoxin and digitalis are the same drugs. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.

Q. Is digoxin a beta blocker/diuretic/potassium sparing/vasodilator/potassium wasting/blood thinner/ACE inhibitor/anticoagulant?

Digoxin is not beta blocker/diuretic/potassium sparing/vasodilator/potassium wasting/blood thinner/ACE inhibitor/anticoagulant. It belongs to a group of medicines called ‘cardiac glycosides'. Digoxin has side effect such as decreasing the potassium level, but it does not increase potassium excretion in the urine

Q. Is digoxin nephrotoxic?

Digoxin is not nephrotoxic, it has no known toxic effect on the kidney.

Q. Is digoxin still used?

Yes, digoxin is still used. It used to treat certain cardiac problems such as heart failure and arrhythmias.

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