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Dr. Matthew Whitbeck
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Digoxin (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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

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

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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Is it easy to od on digitek or digoxin?

Yes: Yes they are tricky meds, with a small difference between not enough and too much (called a small therapeutic index). ...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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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

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Is there an alternative to digoxin for a male aged 79?

Yes: There are many alternatives to digoxin, but this depends on the reason digoxin was being used. Depending on the reason it was being used (eg. Rate or rhythm control or congestive heart failure), appropriate meds can be used. This should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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I accidentally took two digoxin, what will be the effect?

I accidentally took two digoxin, what will be the effect?

Ok: You'll be okay with a single extra pill. Some people your age (the metabolism is age dependent) actually take 2 a day normally. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Digitek (Definition)

This is a branded form of digoxin or digitalis which is a medicine used to regulate heart rate. Most often to control heart rate in patients with atrial fibrillation. On occasion it is used to improve contractility or pumping in patients with heart failure. It was obtained from the ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more