Digoxin tablets or capsules
What is this medicine?
DIGOXIN (di JOX in) is used to treat congestive heart failure and heart rhythm problems.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in behavior, mood, or mental ability
changes in vision
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
unusual bleeding, bruising
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
breast enlargement in men and women
What may interact with this medicine?
antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS like ritonavir and saquinavir
certain antibiotics like azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, gentamicin, neomycin, trimethoprim, and tetracycline
certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
certain medicines for cancer
certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cholestyramine, and colestipol
certain medicines for diabetes, like acarbose, exenatide, miglitol, and metformin
certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
certain medicines for stomach problems like omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole, metoclopramide, and sucralfate
NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like celecoxib, ibuprofen, or naproxen
St. John's Wort
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
certain heart rhythm disorders
heart disease or recent heart attack
kidney or liver disease
an unusual or allergic reaction to digoxin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Do not stop taking this medicine without the advice of your doctor or health care professional, even if you feel better. Do not change the brand you are taking, other brands may affect you differently.
Check your heart rate and blood pressure regularly while you are taking this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your heart rate and blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her. Your doctor or health care professional also may schedule regular blood tests and electrocardiograms to check your progress.
Watch your diet. Less digoxin may be absorbed from the stomach if you have a diet high in bran fiber.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.
July 17, 2018