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digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxin Pediatric)

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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD Jay W. Marks, MD

Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX Heart Disease Slideshow Pictures Medical Illustrations of the Heart Image Collection Take the Heart Disease Quiz! GENERIC NAME: digoxinBRAND NAME: Lanoxin, Lanoxin PediatricDISCONTINUED BRAND: Lanoxincaps

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES:

Digoxin is used for treating adults with mild to moderate congestive heart failure and for treating an atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heart rhythm. It also is used for increasing myocardial contractility in pediatric patients with heart failure.

SIDE EFFECTS:

Common side effects include

nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, skin rash, and mental changes.

Many digoxin side effects are dose dependent and happen when blood levels are over the narrow therapeutic range. Therefore, digoxin side effects can be avoided by keeping blood levels within the therapeutic level. Serious side effects associated with digoxin include

heart block, rapid heartbeat, and slow heart rate.

Digoxin has also been associated with visual disturbance (blurred or yellow vision), abdominal pain, and breast enlargement. Patients with low blood potassium levels can develop digoxin toxicity even when digoxin levels are not considered elevated. Similarly, high calcium and low magnesium blood levels can increase digoxin toxicity and produce serious disturbances in heart rhythm.

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