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Dr. Matthew Whitbeck
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Digoxin (Overview)

It is a heart drug...A purified product of the foxglove plant. It has effects which include strengthening the contraction of the heart muscle, slowing conduction of the heart's electrical impulse through the av node and thereby helping to slow the heart rate during atrial fibrillation. Because of potential toxicity, its use has been largely replaced by beta blocking drugs.


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What is digoxin's role before a cardioversion?

What is digoxin's role before a cardioversion?

Cardio version: Before cardio version we generally try to slow a rapid supra ventricular rhythm. Digoxin is one of the drugs we may choose to do this. It helps slow the rate by slowing conduction of impulses in the heart. We use other drugs also, so it's doctors choice which agent the believe is best for the situation. ...Read more

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Dr. Matthew Whitbeck
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Digoxin (Overview)

It is a heart drug...A purified product of the foxglove plant. It has effects which include strengthening the contraction of the heart muscle, slowing conduction of the heart's electrical impulse through the av node and thereby helping to slow the heart rate during atrial fibrillation. Because of potential toxicity, its use has been largely replaced by beta blocking drugs.


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Digoxin (lanoxin) is it the same drug as digitek (digoxin)?

Digoxin (lanoxin) is it the same drug as digitek (digoxin)?

Yes! These drugs: Slow heart rate, and increase pump efficiency. They are old and cheap. The side effects are well known when used properly, but the modern doctor tends to use other drugs. This drug works! ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: digoxin?

Please describe the medication: digoxin?

Heart drug: It is a heart drug...A purified product of the foxglove plant. It has effects which include strengthening the contraction of the heart muscle, slowing conduction of the heart's electrical impulse through the av node and thereby helping to slow the heart rate during atrial fibrillation. Because of potential toxicity, its use has been largely replaced by beta blocking drugs. ...Read more

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How long is Digoxin (0.25) normally prescribed for after MVR surgery?

How long is Digoxin (0.25) normally prescribed for after MVR surgery?

More info needed: But, digoxin is definitely not a first line drug that cardiologists go to these days as there are many better drugs we have in our armamenterium nowadays. If you have Atrial fibrillation in the setting of MVR, may be it is being given for rate control or conversion back to normal rhythm. Even then there are far superior antiarryhtmics. IF being given for LV dysfunction, again, beta-blocker better. ...Read more

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Can long term use of digoxin cause heart and/or kidney problems?

Can long term use of digoxin cause heart and/or kidney problems?

No but: No but improper dosing can or changes in your body can modify the dosage you require. Improperly monitored this drug can be dangerous. Be sure to followup with your doctor for proper monitoring of your blood levels. ...Read more

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How is digoxin used in the management of acute pulmonary edema?

How is digoxin used in the management of acute pulmonary edema?

HR control: Digoxin is sometimes used to help control inappropriate tachycardia typically in the face of uncontrolled atrial fib. This might help if someone has acute pulmonary edema from the fast hr but if the patient is unstable then electrical cardioversion is usually preferred perhaps in combination with meds to control the rate. ...Read more

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How can the excretion of digoxin work in a patient with kidney failure?

How can the excretion of digoxin work in a patient with kidney failure?

16%: 16 % of digoxin is metabolized by the liver. In complete renal failure, not on dialysis, the dose is given every 3-4 days. Dose is adjusted by measured levels. ...Read more

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Why is digoxin sometimes dangerous for your health?

Digoxin: Because it has a narrow toxic/therapuetic ratio, it is easy to have toxicity with the drug. Toxicity can be fatal with this drug. The ancient romans used it as a poison. ...Read more

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What's the toxicity of digoxin?

What's the toxicity of digoxin?

Renal impairment: Digoxin toxicity usual results from kidney impairment as digoxin is really cleared provided reasonable doses are used. Toxicity can result in arrythmias, visual changes, etc. Digibind (digoxin immune fab) is the treatment but can only done once in a persons lifetime. ...Read more

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What are possible side effects of digoxin?

What are possible side effects of digoxin?

Several: Side effects are common when patients have digoxin toxicity, or too high of blood levels. Side effects can range anywhere from halos and colored visual disturbances to potentially fatal arrhythmias to seizures and confusion. Patients can also experience severe nausea and vomiting. Again, all of these side effects are due to digoxin toxicity. ...Read more

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How long does digoxin to work?

Depends: Depends on what route you give digoxin . The drug can be given intravenously, intramuscular or by oral route . The effect is fastest when given intravenously as is usually done to control rapid pulse . When given orally a loading dose can be given to achieve a rapid blood level followed by a maintenance dose. If the kidneys ar working normally , it takes about 5 days to achieve a stable level. ...Read more

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I take dilzem 240mg x 1, dilzem 120mg x 1, victoza (liraglutide) 12mg x 1, digoxin 250 micg, gliclazide 80mg x 1, allopurinol 300mg x 1 & warfarin do they interact?

I take dilzem 240mg x 1, dilzem 120mg x 1, victoza (liraglutide) 12mg x 1, digoxin 250 micg, gliclazide 80mg x 1, allopurinol 300mg x 1 & warfarin do they interact?

Extra care: Several medications can interact with warfarin including Diltiazem and digoxin. It does not mean you cannnot take warfarin but your dose has to be regulated even more closely when a new medication is started. Also it is important to check digoxin level when a new medicine such as warfarin is started. In addition monitor your blood sugars more closely with new medicines so it is not too low. ...Read more

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Is digoxin and metoprolol a good combination for arrythimias? Trying different meds to help with these. Haven't found anything yet, any suggestions?

See your doctor: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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What is the toxicity of too much digoxin?

What is the toxicity of too much digoxin?

Slow heart rate: Digoxin toxicity will cause a slow heart rate and can lead to death if not treated. ...Read more

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I took two digoxin by accident, what to do?

Digoxin: If you took a one time extra digoxin dose it probably won't cause a problem but to be safe you could skip the next day's dose and then return to your regular dose. Calling your doctor who knows you best is always the best idea for advice on your status, we out here don't know your specific information. ...Read more

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How do you go off digoxin?

Stop it: Just stop it. But why were you on it to begin with? You shouldn't stop a medication without letting the person who prescribed it know what you're doing - there may be important reasons you were on it and a substitute may be necessary/prudent. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
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Lanoxin (Definition)

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