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what if i miss a dose of digitalis? i just realized that i missed my morning dose of digitalis. should i take it now, or wait until my next dose?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Redlin
Family Medicine 43 years experience
If : If you are more than 12 hours away from the next scheduled dose, go ahead and take the missed dose. If your next scheduled dose is less than 12 ours from now, skip the missed dose.
Dr. Andrew Freeman
Cardiology 18 years experience
Take it: If it's a late dose, take it for now and watch carefully for symptoms. If it is less than 8 hours till your next dose, skip this one and monitor yourself for symptoms.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

Why is it so important to know what other drugs a person is taking when on digitalis?

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Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Interactions!: Digoxin has what we call a "narrow therapeutic window". This means the difference between enough and too much digoxin is very small. Other medications can increase the levels of digoxin in the blood and vice versa. This can cause dangerous side effects including abnormal heart rhythms that can be fatal.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How does the drug digitalis worked?

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Dr. Simon Kimm
Urology 16 years experience
Intracellular Ca2+: Digitalis has several complex mechanisms of action. By increasing the concentration of calcium ions in the cells of the heart, the force of contraction of the heart muscle is increased, heart rate decreased, and heart efficiency improved.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the flexor digitalis?

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Dr. Michael Moran
Cardiology 33 years experience
Flex your fingers...: Flexor digitorum muscles cause your fingers (digits) to pull inwards, or flex. There are four: superficialis, profundus, brevis and longus. The different ones flex different joints of the fingers. These are latin for superficial, deep, short and long.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which drug is used for digitalis-induced arrhythmias?

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Digibind (digoxin immune fab): when dig overdose is present causing arrhythmia we use digibind (digoxin immune fab)
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
Only available generically
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A 51-year-old member asked:

How is digitalis used in medicine?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Digoxin: the drug digitalis which in a refined form is digitalis is one of the oldest poisons used by man. The ancient Egyptians called in 'bulls blood' and killed with it. It must be used properly, in tightly controlled dosage and followed by the physician. It has been used for rate control and congestive heart failure predominantly. Recent popularity has declined significantly

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