Heart failure and atrial fibrillation, that is, a disorder of the heart rhythm affecting the upper chamber of the organ, can be effectively treated with the help of Digoxin. The drug is extracted from the leaves of the digitalis plant. Digoxin strengthens heartbeat and helps regulate the rhythm of the heart.
The drug is not suitable for patients who suffer from ventricular fibrillation, that is, a disorder of the heart rhythm affecting the ventricles.
Before one starts a course of this medicine, it is essential that they discuss their medical history with their health care provider. To ensure that the drug is perfectly safe for consumption, inform your doctor about any allergies or current health problems you are suffering from. Here are a list of health conditions you should inform your doctor about before your begin taking Digoxin -
- AB blockage or sick sinus syndrome
- heart attack in the recent past
- problems with heart beat
- kidney, thyroid or liver problems
- electrolyte imbalance
Also inform your medical professional if you are pregnant or are breast feeding. The drug is not known to have any negative impact of an unborn child or a new born infant, but it is best to discuss the possibilities of taking the drug with the doctor in this case.
A few side effects that you may develop when taking Digoxin are anxiety, depression, vomiting, rashes, diarrhea and a sense of agitation. You can discuss with you doctor different ways by which you can stop the onset of such symptoms. If any of these side effects continue for a long time or tend to worsen it is best that you seek medical help as soon as possible.
Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Cardiologist before using this medicine.
Ventricular fibrillationNot recommended in patients with Ventricular fibrillation.
Is It safe with alcohol?Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?Digoxin may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?Digoxin is safe to use during lactation. \nHuman studies have shown that either the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in significant amount or is not expected to cause toxicity to the baby.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?Digoxin may make you feel dizzy, drowsy or affect your vision. Do not drive until your vision is clear.
Does this affect kidney function?Digoxin should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Digoxin may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function tests, potassium, magnesium and calcium levels is advisable while you are taking this medicine.
Does this affect liver function?Digoxin is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Digoxin may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any missed dose instructions?If you miss a dose of Digoxin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.\n
Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside that works by inhibiting the sodium-potassium adenosine triphosphatase (Na-K ATPase) pump. This increases the calcium concentration in the blood which in turn improves the contractility of the heart by activating contractile proteins like myosin and actin.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
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