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General Information on Digoxin

Generic Name : Digoxin

Pronunciation : di jox' in

Latest prescription information about Digoxin. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y52.2 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiarrhythmics

Why is Digoxin Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a purified cardiac glycoside derived from leaves of digitalis plant, prescribed for congestive heart failure. It helps the heart work better, which controls the heart rate.

When should Digoxin not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with ventricular fibrillation (severely abnormal heart rhythm) and known hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Digoxin?

Loading dose: 0.75-1.5 mg in the 1st 24 hour. Slow digitalization: 250 mcg 1-2 times/day. Usual maintenance: 125-250 mcg/day.

How should Digoxin be taken?

It comes as a tablet and syrup to take by mouth, with or without food. It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.

What are the warnings and precautions for Digoxin?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of thyroid problems, abnormal heart rhythm, cancer, kidney, liver or lung problems, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, any allergies, who are taking other medications, elderly, newborns, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
• It may cause dizziness or blurred vision, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
• Monitor ECG, electrolytes, kidney function and blood digoxin levels regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Digoxin?

   Most Common : Diarrhea and nausea.
   Heart : Heart block and fast heart rate.
   Gastrointestinal : Loss of appetite and vomiting.
   Central Nervous System : Blurred or yellow vision, headache, weakness, dizziness, confusion and mental disturbances.
   Miscellaneous : Muscle weakness and sensitivity to light.

What are the other precautions for Digoxin?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Digoxin?

Store it at room temperature, and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.


Schedule : H

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bruce203 

Just learned from my pharmacy that my Digoxin 0.25 mg is no longer a generic. Is there a generic being offered at a lesser cost? I can't afford the new price on this prescription. Does the drug company offer a discount card?

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