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It is used to treat heart failure (weak heart). It is used to treat a certain type of abnormal heartbeat (atrial fibrillation). It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
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LanoxinWhat is this drug used for?
It is used to treat heart failure (weak heart). It is used to treat a certain type of abnormal heartbeat (atrial fibrillation). It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?
If you are allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had. If you have other heart problems. If you have had a recent heart attack. This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?
Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor. Have your blood work (digoxin levels) checked. Have blood drawn before the daily dose (take digoxin after blood drawn). Talk with your doctor. This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this drug. If you will be having certain procedures to help your heart beat normally (defibrillation cardioversion), talk with your doctor. Be sure your doctor knows you take this drug. Keep away from children. Accidental exposure may cause death. If a child takes this drug by accident, get medical help right away. If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects. Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect: Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat. Very bad dizziness or passing out. Upset stomach or throwing up. Severe diarrhea. Change in eyesight. Seeing halos or bright colors around lights. Weight loss. Not hungry. Feeling tired or weak. Fast or slow heartbeat. An abnormal heartbeat that is new or worse. Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there). Change in how you act. Mood changes. Feeling confused. Black, tarry, or bloody stools. Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds. Enlarged breasts.What are some other side effects of this drug?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away: For all uses of this drug: Dizziness or headache. Stomach pain. Injection (if given in the muscle): Pain where the shot was given. These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.How is this drug best taken?
Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.What do I do if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor to find out what to do.How do I store and/or throw out this drug?
If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.General drug facts
If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor. Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs. Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets. Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area. Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider. If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.