GENERIC NAME: digoxin
BRAND NAME: Lanoxin, Lanoxin Pediatric
DISCONTINUED BRAND: Lanoxincaps
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Digoxin is used for treating adults with mild to moderate congestive heart failure and for treating an atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm.
- It also is used for increasing myocardial contractility in pediatric patients with heart failure.
Common side effects include
Many digoxin side effects are dose dependent and happen when blood levels are over the narrow therapeutic range. Therefore, digoxin side effects can be avoided by keeping blood levels within the therapeutic level. Serious side effects associated with digoxin include
- heart block,
- rapid heartbeat, and
- slow heart rate.
Digoxin has also been associated with visual disturbance (blurred or yellow vision), abdominal pain, and breast enlargement. Patients with low blood potassium levels can develop digoxin toxicity even when digoxin levels are not considered elevated. Similarly, high calcium and low magnesium blood levels can increase digoxin toxicity and produce serious disturbances in heart rhythm.
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