Generic Name: Digoxin Injection (di JOKS in)
Brand Name: Lanoxin
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 19, 2019.
Uses of Digoxin Injection:
- 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 Digoxin Injection?
- If you have an allergy to digoxin or any other part of digoxin injection.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- 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 digoxin injection.
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 digoxin injection 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 Digoxin Injection?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take digoxin injection. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Check blood pressure and heart rate as the doctor has told you. Talk with the doctor.
- 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 medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take digoxin injection.
- 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 digoxin injection.
- Many other drugs interact with digoxin injection. These drugs can raise the chance of digoxin injection's side effects. Talk with your doctor and pharmacist to make sure that it is safe for you to use digoxin injection with all of your other drugs.
- Keep away from children. Accidental exposure may cause death. If a child takes digoxin injection by accident, get medical help right away.
- If you are 65 or older, use digoxin injection 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.
How is this medicine (Digoxin Injection) best taken?
Use digoxin injection 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.
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.
- Very bad belly pain.
- 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 Digoxin Injection?
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 digoxin injection:
- Belly 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-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
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.
How do I store and/or throw out Digoxin Injection?
- If you need to store digoxin injection at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- 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 a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- 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 digoxin injection, 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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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