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DIGOXIN

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin
GENERIC NAME(S): DIGOXIN

Description: Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside with positive inotropic activity characterized by an increase in the force of myocardial contraction. Digoxin also exerts direct action on vascular smooth muscle and indirect effects mediated primarily by the autonomic nervous system and an increase in vagal activity.

Digoxin is used to treat heart failure, irregular heartbeat or chronic atrial fibrillation. It belongs to a class of medications called cardiac glycosides which work by affecting certain minerals (sodium and potassium) inside heart cells. This reduces strain on the heart and helps it maintain a normal, steady, and strong heartbeat.

How to use digoxin
Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor

Take it apart from other medications such as cholestyramine, colestipol, or psyllium, antacids.  Also avoid taking it high fiber meal as fiber decreases the drug’s absorption.

Use it regularly and follow the prescribed dose.

No warnings available

Side effects may range from mild to serious complications.  Consult your doctor immediately when you feel the following symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, and diarrhea, weakness, mental/mood changes, vision changes (such as blurred or yellow/green vision), enlarged/tender breasts in men, irregularly slow/fast heartbeat.

Seek emergency medical help if you expereince allergies (rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing) or the symptoms mentioned above while taking this drug.

Inform your doctor of your allergies (food or drugs), medical conditions and  medical history before taking this drug, especially of: kidney problems, thyroid problems (underactive or overactive).

Do not perform activities that require alertness such as driving and using machinery because thid drug can make you dizzy.

Take caution if you are using diuretics whilst taking this drug as both may disrupt normal mineral contents in the body.

Tell your doctor that you are taking this medication before surgery or dental procedures.

For pregnant and nursing (breastfeeding) women, consult your doctor before using this medication.

Before using this drug, tell your doctor of the current medications, products (herbal/nonprescription) that you are taking especially of: amiodarone, azole antifungals (such as itraconazole), cyclosporine, dronedarone, lapatinib, macrolide antibiotics (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin), propafenone, ranolazine, rifampin, St. John’s wort, among others.

Overdose
Get medical emergency help immediately when you experience symptoms of overdose.

Missed Dose
Take it as soon as you remember if it is within 12 hours of your scheduled dose. If it is more than 12 hours after your scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up. If you miss more than 2 doses in a row, call your doctor to get a new dosing schedule.

Storage
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Discard the drug properly- do not throw in toilet or sink.

Brands
Available Brands
Lanoxin [ Aspen ]

Also marketed as
Cardioxin [ Oboi ] Lanox [ Gland Pharma ]

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