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DIGOXIN (di JOX in) is used to treat congestive heart failure and heart rhythm problems. It increases the strength of the heart muscle, helps to maintain a normal heart rhythm, and helps to remove excess water from the body.
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Measure your medicine carefully with the specially marked dropper provided. 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.
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 vision
changes in behavior, mood, or mental ability
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
agents used to treat cancer
beta blockers or calcium-channel blockers, often used for high blood pressure or heart problems
calcium, magnesium, or potassium salts
certain medicines used to decrease cholesterol, including cholestyramine or colestipol
clarithromycin or erythromycin
diet pills (stimulants) or drugs used to control weight
medicines to control heart rhythm like dofetilide, amiodarone, sotalol, and others
sodium polystyrene sulfonate
tetracycline antibiotics like doxycycline and tetracycline
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.
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. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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
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.
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