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What Does Phenytoin Do In Digoxin Toxicity
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
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 therapeutically for ages, recently it has lost popularity and present suggestions are to use it very cautiously ...Read more
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Can you tell me how are electorlyte imbalances risk factors for digoxin toxicity (digitalis toxicity)?
Dig tox: read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digoxin_toxicityGet a more detailed answer ›
Anti arrhythmic : Dilantin, an anti epileptic drug has a mild anti arrhythmic effect against ventricular activity which is common in digitalis toxicity. But it's activity is weak and rarely used as there is a more specific and effective treatment such as Digibind (digoxin immune fab) that binds digoxin out of the tissues and circulation. ...Read more
PRIOR ANSWER +...: Digoxin by itself doesn't lead to hypokalemia (low potassium). Dig is used for congestive heart failure traditionally; however there are many problems with dig toxicity, especially in the elderly, and there have been many deaths related to dig toxicity expecially is associated with hypokalemia, which will be caused by diuretics. Today dig is rarely used, we have better drugs for chf. ...Read more
Why do patients on chronic digoxin therapy present with hypokalemia when they have digoxin toxicity?
Digoxin toxicity: Your question reveres the fact that hypoklemia (H) is a cause of digoxin (D) toxicity. One of the causes of H is a low magnesium (M) level that can be seen in the patient is on both D and diuretics that waste both potassium and M in the urine. Ask the physician (P) who prescribed the D for more information, as the P knows the patient the best. Good luck. ...Read more
Many adverse rxns.: Drugs don't have symptoms-they are adverse reactions and Phenytoin has serious and common events. Serious:suicidality, stevens-johnson syndrome, anaphylaxis, hepatotoxicity, deceased platelet count, whiteblood cell count or across all blood lines, etc. Common rxns:nausea, vomiting, rash, slurred speech, tremor, gum hyperplasia, coarse facial features, ataxia, confusion etc. There are others in both. ...Read more
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