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Digoxin

INFORMATION

Uses

Digoxin is used in the treatment of heart failure and arrhythmias (abnormal heart beat).

How it works

Digoxin makes the heart pump blood with more strength and force causing more blood to circulate through the body.

Common side effects

Blurred vision, Heart rate irregular, Bradycardia, Depression, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Feeling of discomfort, Rash, Itching, Visual impairment

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Expert advice

  • Do not take digoxin, if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to digoxin, digitoxin.
  • Avoid taking it with foods that are high in fibre (e.g. brown bread, cereals, fruit, vegetables and pulses).
  • This medication may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
  • Drink plenty of fluids while taking this drug.
  • Do not drive or use any tools or machines, if you feel dizzy, tired, have a headache or get blurred vision after taking digoxin.

Frequently asked questions

Digoxin

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/positive inotrope/diuretic/potassium sparing/vasodilator/potassium wasting/blood thinner/ACE inhibitor/anticoagulant?
Digoxin is not beta blocker/positive inotrope/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 dialyzable?
Digoxin can be partially removed by dialysis, if overdosed

Q.Is digoxin nephrotoxic?
Digoxin is not nephrotoxic, it has no known toxic effect on the kidney

Q.Is digoxin still used?
Digoxin is still used to treat certain cardiac problems such as enlargement of one or more chamber of the heart (ventricular dilatation) and heart failure accompanied by fast, irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation). It is also used for the management of dysfunction long-standing heart failure, where the heart fails to pump blood, and fast and irregular heartbeat (supraventricular arrhythmias)

Q.Is Lanoxin crushable?
Lanoxin is trade name for active drug digoxin. It should not be crushed, and should be taken as directed by the doctor

Q.Is Lanoxin a narcotic?
Lanoxin is trade name for active drug digoxin and it is not a narcotic drug. It is a ‘cardiac glycoside' and used to treat certain cardiac problems

Q.Is digoxin a brand name?
Digoxin is an active drug. Lanoxin/ Digox/ Digitek/ Cardoxin are few examples of the brand name of digoxin

Q.Can I take digoxin with warfarin/ ibuprofen/ Tylenol (paracetamol)/ Viagra/ antacids/ Lasix (furosemide)/ Mucinex (guaifenesin)?
Digoxin may interact with warfarin/ ibuprofen/ Tylenol (paracetamol)/ Viagra (sildenafil)/ antacids/ Lasix (furosemide)/ Mucinex (guaifenesin). Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required

Q.What does lanoxin treat?
Lanoxin is trade name for active drug digoxin. Digoxin belongs to a group of medicines called ‘cardiac glycosides'. It is used to treat certain cardiac problems such as enlargement of one or more chamber of the heart (ventricular dilatation) and heart failure accompanied by fast, irregular heart beat (atrial fibrillation). It is also used for the management of long-standing heart failure, where the heart fails to pump blood, and fast and irregular heartbeat (supraventricular arrhythmias)

Q.Does digoxin cause edema, increased heart rate, lower heart rate, affect blood pressure, lower blood pressure, high blood potassium level (hyperkalemia) or low blood potassium level (hypokalemia), increased cardiac output, bradycardia, prolong QT interval, tiredness, constipation?
Digoxin belongs to a group of medicines called ‘cardiac glycosides'. It is used to treat irregular heart beat and to lower heart rate. It can cause irregular heart rate and rhythm and lower potassium level in blood as side-effects It is not known whether it can cause edema, increased heart rate, affect blood pressure, lower blood pressure, high blood potassium level (hyperkalemia) increased cardiac output, bradycardia, prolong QT interval, tiredness, and constipation.


Content on this page was last updated on 23 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)