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Digoxin tablets and injection both contain the active ingredient digoxin, which is a type of medicine called a cardiac glycoside.
Digoxin is a form of digitalis, a drug that is extracted from the leaves of the foxglove plant. It is used to treat arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation and heart failure. Digoxin is also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine.
Digoxin works directly on the heart muscle. It slows down the rate at which the heart beats, and also increases the force with which the heart muscle contracts with every heartbeat. This makes each heartbeat more efficient at pumping blood around the body.
Digoxin is used to treat certain abnormal heart rhythms caused by abnormal contractions in the upper part of the heart, in particular a condition called atrial fibrillation (AF). In AF, the upper two chambers of the heart, called the atria, contract very rapidly, and the lower two chambers of the heart, called the ventricles, respond by beating rapidly and irregularly. An irregular heartbeat is not very efficient at pumping blood around the body. By slowing the heart rate and making each beat more forceful, digoxin makes the heart pump more efficiently in this condition.
Digoxin is also used to treat heart failure, a condition where the heart's ability to pump blood around the body is diminished. By improving the efficiency of each heartbeat, digoxin allows the heart to continue to effectively pump blood and oxygen around the body.
The blood level of digoxin that is needed for it to be effective is quite close to the blood level that can cause unwanted effects. This is true of a few medicines, and is described as a narrow therapeutic index. Treatment with the medicine is still safe, but your doctor will monitor your digoxin treatment closely, and may take blood tests to check the level of digoxin in your blood. You should tell your doctor if you experience any side effects during treatment, particularly nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, visual disturbances, heart palpitations or confusion, as these may indicate your blood level of digoxin is too high and that your dose needs reducing.
What is it used for?
Abnormal heart rhythms caused by abnormal contractions in the upper part of the heart (supraventricular arrhythmias).
Irregular heartbeat caused by very rapid contraction of the top two chambers of the heart (atrial fibrillation).
How to use Digoxin Oral -
Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Certain foods and medications decrease the absorption of digoxin. Therefore, take digoxin at least 2 hours before or after eating food products high in fiber (such as bran). If you are taking cholestyramine, colestipol, or psyllium, wait at least 2 hours after your digoxin dose before taking any of these products. If you are taking antacids, kaolin-pectin, milk of magnesia, metoclopramide, sulfasalazine, or aminosalicylic acid, take as far apart as possible from your digoxin dose.
Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, body weight, and response to therapy.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same time each day.
Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.