Skip to content

Heart Disease Health Center

Select An Article

Heart Disease and Treatment With Digoxin

Font Size

If you have heart disease, Digoxin is a medication that helps an injured or weakened heart work better to send blood through the body. It strengthens the force of the heart muscle's contractions, slows the heart rate, and improves blood circulation.

Two common brands of digoxin are Lanoxin and Lanoxicaps. A variety called digitoxin is sold under the brand name Crystodigin.

Recommended Related to Heart Disease

How to Wreck Your Heart

When it comes to the heart’s health, there are some things you can’t control -- like getting older, or having a parent with heart disease. But there are many more things you can do to lower the chances of sabotaging your ticker. “An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure in this instance,” says Gregg Fonarow, MD, an American Heart Association spokesman and associate chief of UCLA's division of cardiology. To help your heart keep on keeping on, here are 10 things not to do.

Read the How to Wreck Your Heart article > >

Why Do I Need to Take Digoxin?

Digoxin is prescribed to treat:

How Should I Take Digoxin?

Digoxin is usually taken once a day, especially in the elderly and those with kidney problems. Try to take this medication at the same time every day. Follow the label directions on how often to take it. The time allowed between doses and how long you need to take it will depend on your condition. You may have to take this medication for many years, possibly for the rest of your life.

While taking this medication, your doctor may tell you to check your pulse daily. He or she will tell you how rapid your pulse should be. If your pulse is slower than recommended, contact your doctor about taking digoxin that day.

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory so your response to the drug can be watched.

Digoxin may cause drowsiness. Do not drive a car or use machinery until you know how this medicine affects you.

What Are the Side Effects of Digoxin?

If you have any of the following side effects from digoxin, contact your doctor right away:

These side effects could mean that your dose needs to be changed. Once you and your doctor have found the correct dose, you usually will not have side effects if you take digoxin exactly as prescribed.

Next Article:

Today on WebMD

x-ray of human heart
A visual guide.
atrial fibrillation
Symptoms and causes.
 
heart rate graph
10 things to never do.
heart rate
Get the facts.
 
empty football helmet
Article
red wine
Video
 
eating blueberries
Article
Simple Steps to Lower Cholesterol
Slideshow
 
Inside A Heart Attack
SLIDESHOW
Omega 3 Sources
SLIDESHOW
 
Salt Shockers
SLIDESHOW
lowering blood pressure
SLIDESHOW