Highlights for digoxin
digoxin Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- changes in behavior, mood, or mental ability
- changes in vision
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
- nausea, vomiting
- unusual bleeding, bruising
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- breast enlargement in men and women
digoxin May Interact with Other Medications
- activated charcoal
- antiviral medicines for HIV or AIDS like ritonavir and saquinavir
- certain antibiotics like azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, gentamicin, neomycin, trimethoprim, and tetracycline
- certain medicines for blood pressure, heart disease, irregular heart beat
- certain medicines for cancer
- certain medicines for cholesterol like atorvastatin, cholestyramine, and colestipol
- certain medicines for diabetes, like acarbose, exenatide, miglitol, and metformin
- certain medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
- certain medicines for stomach problems like omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole, metoclopramide, and sucralfate
- kaolin; pectin
- NSAIDS, medicines for pain and inflammation, like celecoxib, ibuprofen, or naproxen
- St. John's Wort
- thyroid hormones
How to Use digoxin
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- certain heart rhythm disorders
- heart disease or recent heart attack
- kidney or liver disease
- an unusual or allergic reaction to digoxin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Do not stop taking this medicine without the advice of your doctor or health care professional, even if you feel better. Do not change the brand you are taking, other brands may affect you differently.
Check your heart rate and blood pressure regularly while you are taking this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional what your heart rate and blood pressure should be, and when you should contact him or her. Your doctor or health care professional also may schedule regular blood tests and electrocardiograms to check your progress.
Watch your diet. Less digoxin may be absorbed from the stomach if you have a diet high in bran fiber.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
Last Updated: February 27, 2014