Lanoxin (Digoxin)

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What is Lanoxin (Digoxin) prescribed for?

Heart Failure is a condition in which the heart can’t pump enough blood to the meet the needs of your body. In some cases, the heart cannot fill with enough blood. In others, the heart can’t get enough blood out to the rest of the body with enough force. And unfortunately some have both of these issues.

Heart failure can be caused by coronary artery disease, heart attack, cardiomyopathy, and high blood pressure. The treatment for heart failure includes doctor-prescribed exercise, dietary changes, medicines, and rarely surgery.

Lanoxin is a medication that is used to treat heart failure, and is usually taken along with other medications. And it is used to treat certain types of irregular heartbeats, such as chornic atrial fibrillation. In taking this medication, and treating heart failure, it may help maintain your abilities to walk and exercise, and overall it may strengthen your heart.

Overall this medication works by affecting certain minerals inside your heart cells, such as sodium and potassium. This in turn, reduces strain on the heart and gives it a helping hand in maintaining a normal, steady and strong heartbeat.

This medication is to be taken by mouth, either with or without food.  It is usually taken once a day or as directed by your doctor.

If you take this medication with foods with high fibres, your body may not absorb this medication well. Therefore, it is best to take this medication at least 2 hours before or after you eat any food products with high fibre. 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.

Use this medication on a regular basis to gain the most benefit. And remember the dosage is based on your medical condition, age, body weight, test results, and your overall response to the treatment.

Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Digoxin; or to similar drugs (such as digitoxin); or to any other medications or allergies in general.

Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform them you have had the following; kidney problems, thyroid problems (underactive or overactive).

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.

Some side effects may occur while taking this mediation, they are as follows; Nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, loss of appetite, and diarrhea may occur. However, if these symptoms do persist or worsen, it is best to consult with your doctor.

If you are experiencing any of these rare but very serious side effects, seek medical help right away. The side effects are as follows; weakness, mental/mood changes, vision changes (such as blurred or yellow/green vision), enlarged/tender breasts in men.

Though this medication is used 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 this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

 What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

 What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

 What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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