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How does foxglove different from digitalis?
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Foxglove PLANT
"foxglove" is the common name for plants from the digitalis species.
The modern drug digitalis is extracted from digitalis lanata -- the wooly balkan foxglove. http://tinyurl.com/l63o8su digitalis or digoxin can be synthesized, but it's less expensive to extract it from digitalis lanata. Foxglove as a whole plant contains other constituents as well -- and use isn't recommended due to toxicity.

In brief: Foxglove PLANT
"foxglove" is the common name for plants from the digitalis species.
The modern drug digitalis is extracted from digitalis lanata -- the wooly balkan foxglove. http://tinyurl.com/l63o8su digitalis or digoxin can be synthesized, but it's less expensive to extract it from digitalis lanata. Foxglove as a whole plant contains other constituents as well -- and use isn't recommended due to toxicity.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Very interesting, especially cost factors, and the botany.
Dr. Martin Raff
Digitalis was at one time sold as leaf, the negatives being the other constituents and the lack of uniformity from plant to plant, resulting in both over and under dosing. Dr. Pappas little explanation is great. What is also interesting, is that the halo-like images around the stars in Vincent VanGogh's "Starry NIght" are said to have been due to the digitalis he was taking.
Dr. Liviu Klein
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Plant
Digoxin can be extracted from the foxglove.

In brief: Plant
Digoxin can be extracted from the foxglove.
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