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Digoxin Solution for injection

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?

The medicine is for injection or infusion into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

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

  • confusion

  • fast, irregular heartbeat

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • headache

  • nausea, vomiting

  • 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

  • diarrhea

What may interact with this medicine?

-albuterol

-alprazolam

-antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS like ritonavir and saquinavir

-calcium

-certain antibiotics like azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, gentamicin, trimethoprim, and tetracycline

-certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat

-certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin

-certain medicines for diabetes, like exenatide and metformin

-certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole

-certain medicines for stomach problems like omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, and rabeprazole

-cyclosporine

-epinephrine

-nefazodone

-NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like celecoxib, ibuprofen, or naproxen

-penicillamine

-phenytoin

-quinine

-phenytoin

-rifampin

-succinylcholine

-St. John's Wort

-teriparatide

-thyroid hormones

-tolvaptan

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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 disease

  • liver disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to digoxin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 8/30/2012
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