What is Lanoxin (Digoxin) used for?
Lanoxin (Digoxin) is an oral medication prescribed to treat congestive heart failure or certain types of irregular heartbeats. It operates by maintaining a steady heartbeat to increase the strength of the heart and its effectiveness. Your doctor may prescribe it along with other medications or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Lanoxin (Digoxin)?
Lanoxin (Digoxin) is normally administered once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual directions will be determined by your doctor based on your age, weight, health condition, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. Avoid changing the form of the tablets by chewing, crushing, or splitting them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Lanoxin (Digoxin)?
Some side effects may occur while using Lanoxin (Digoxin) include:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are irregular heartbeats, chest pain, trouble breathing, blurry vision, hallucinations, unusual thoughts, or discoloured stools. Inform your doctor as soon as you experience any worrying symptoms to make sure the necessary adjustments are made to your dosage or application frequency to prevent more health complications from occurring.
Lanoxin (Digoxin) should not be used to treat patients who are hypersensitive to other cardiac glycosides, who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past, who have heart block, ventricular fibrillation, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, or ventricular tachycardia. Also disclose if you have recently had a heart attack, malabsorption, sick sinus syndrome, hypercalcaemia, hypokalaemia, hypomagnesaemia, thyroid disease, or a severe disease affecting the lungs or airways. These conditions may cause unexpected problems requiring adjustments to your regimen.
Strictly use Lanoxin (Digoxin) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Lanoxin may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.