What Digoxin is used for? Digoxin is used for treating heart failure, usually along with other medications. Digoxin Lanoxin is also used to treat certain types of irregular heartbeat (such as chronic atrial fibrillation). Moreover, Digoxin medicine Treats heart failure may help maintain your ability to walk and exercise and may improve the strength of your heart. An antidote to Digoxin Treats an irregular heartbeat can also improve your ability to exercise. Digoxin usage belongs to a class of medications called cardiac glycosides.
It works by affecting certain minerals (sodium and potassium) inside heart cells. It is used for reducing strain on the heart and helps it maintain a normal, steady, and strong heartbeat.
How to use
- Take Digoxin Lanoxin by mouth with or without food.
- Usually once daily or as directed by your doctor.
- If you are using the liquid form of Digoxin medicine, carefully measure the dose using the dropper provided by the manufacturer.
- Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
Your body may not absorb Digoxin usage as well if you also eat foods that are high in fiber or if you take certain medications. Therefore, take Digoxin Lanoxin at least 2 hours before or after eating food products that are high in fiber (such as bran). If you are also taking cholestyramine, colestipol, or psyllium, wait at least 2 hours after taking your digoxin dose before taking any of these products. If you are taking antacids, kaolin-pectin, milk of magnesia, metoclopramide, sulfasalazine, or aminosalicylic acid, take them as far apart from your digoxin dose as possible. Ask your pharmacist if you are not sure when to take any of your medications.
The dosage of antidote to Digoxin is based on your medical condition, age, body weight, laboratory tests, and response to treatment.
Use it regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day. Do not stop taking an antidote to Digoxin without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
- loss of appetite
If any of these Digoxin usage effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Digoxin medicine because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using antidote to Digoxin do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
- mental/mood changes
- vision changes
- enlarged/tender breasts in men.
Though Digoxin usage is to treat a certain type of irregular heartbeat, it may rarely cause other types of irregular heartbeats. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any unusually fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.
A very serious allergic reaction to Digoxin Lanoxin is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention.
Warnings & Precautions
- Before Digoxin usage, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it.
- Before using Digoxin Lanoxin, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
- Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision until you can do it safely.
- Limit alcoholic beverages.
- Before having surgery or certain procedures on your heart, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using Digoxin medicine.
The balance of certain natural minerals in your blood (calcium, magnesium, potassium) can affect how this drug works in your body. Certain drugs such as “water pills” (diuretics) may affect the normal balance of these minerals. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a “water pill” or if you have a history of mineral imbalance. Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you should take a nutritional supplement or follow a special diet.
Infants and children may be more sensitive to the effects of antidote to Digoxin, especially the effects on the heartbeat.
During pregnancy, an antidote to Digoxin should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor’s approval.
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