Medications in this class include:
- Digoxin (Lanoxin®)
How does Digoxin work?
Digoxin improves the symptoms of heart failure by strengthening the heart’s pumping function. Digoxin can also slow the heart beat down, so is helpful in people with atrial fibrillation.
How this medication should be taken:
- Take this medication at the same time each day.
- Wait two hours after taking antacids, high-fiber foods, or fiber supplements.
Side effects of Digoxin may include:
- Belly pain
Severe side effects may include:
Call your health care provider immediately if you develop any of these side effects as they may be a sign that there is too much digoxin in your body:
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred or coloured vision, or halos around bright objects
- Confusion or weakness
- Abnormal heart rhythm, which may cause palpitations or black outs
What should I remember while taking this medication?
- This medication may be taken with or without food, but should be taken at the same time each day.
- Use cautiously if you have certain types of kidney problems (check with your health care provider).
- Tell your health care provider or pharmacist of any prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements.
- If you develop another illness and are not able to eat or drink, or if you have a lot of vomiting or diarrhea, contact your health care provider or pharmacist. A blood test may be needed to check the level of digoxin in your blood.
- If you are pregnant, planning on getting pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your health care provider.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed. Take the next dose at the regular time. Do not take 2 doses at the same time. If you are unsure of what to do, speak to your health care provider or pharmacist.