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How can digoxin toxicity cause both hyper and hypokalemia?

How can digoxin toxicity cause both hyper and hypokalemia?

It doesnt: Digoxin per se does not cause hyper or hypokalemia. However the effect of potassium level can be worsen by the presence of digoxin. Hyperkalemia causes slow heart beat and hypokalmia causes irregular heart beats which can be worse if digoxin is present. ...Read more

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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Is digoxin toxic?

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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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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How much would a lawsuit be worth for a digitek (digoxin) toxicity related death?

How much would a lawsuit be worth for a digitek (digoxin) toxicity related death?

Highly variable: Monetary recovery from litigation will depend upon the costs incurred medically, plus loss of earnings, loss of companionship, the life-expectancy of the deceased, and a variety of other factors. This could best be assessed by an experienced malpractice attorney. ...Read more

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How does Dilantin work in digoxin toxicity?

How does Dilantin work in digoxin toxicity?

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

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Why do patients who are on chronic digoxin therapy have both hypokalemia and digoxin toxicity?

Why do patients who are on chronic digoxin therapy have both hypokalemia and digoxin toxicity?

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

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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

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Will someone please describe the symptoms of phenytoin?

Will someone please describe the symptoms of phenytoin?

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

Dr. Andrew Mezey
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Phenytoin (Definition)

Phenytoin is the generic name for the common anti-seizure ...Read more


Toxicity (Definition)

Toxicity is the degree to which a drug or a substance can harm ...Read more