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Digoxin is used to treat congestive heart failure and to prevent arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms). Digoxin stabilizes some existing arrhythmias, such as "atrial fibrillation".

Digoxin is the most widely used preparation and the oldest cardiac medicine. You can take it for years without a change in its effectiveness.. It is a compound of Digitalis, and is derived from the leaves of the fox glove plant.

Digoxin strengthens the heart muscle and improves the heart's ability to pump blood. It stabilizes the heart's rhythm.

What are the potential side effects of this medication?
Many people can take Digoxin and experience no side effects. Potential side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, fatigue, weakness, drowsiness, confusion, and vision changes.

Contact your physician immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: increased shortness of breath, swelling of your ankles, rapid pulse, dizziness, or fainting.

You should follow the exact dosage requirements of your physician to reduce the risk of serious side effects or complications.

Is there anyone who should not take this medication?
If you have a condition known as "heart block", which is an impediment in the conduction of the heart's normal electrical impulses, you should not take Digoxin. If you have low potassium levels or if you have abnormal kidney functioning, your physician may recommend a lower dosage of Digoxin. If you have diminished kidney function, you will be given a lower dose. Older people also require lower doses.

Are there any other medications that I shouldn't take in conjunction with this medication?
If you are taking Digoxin in conjunction with anti-arrhythmic medications such as Quinidine or Verampamil, your physician may decide to adjust the dose.

If you take certain antacids, laxatives, or cholesterol lowering drugs around the same time of day as you take Digoxin, they may lower the effectiveness of the Digoxin. High-fiber foods and some nutritional supplements may have the same deleterious effect. Consult your physician as to when you should take Digoxin and other medications.

If I am taking this medication, is there anything I must do (e.g. take it with food)? Is there anything I must not do?
Digoxin affects electrocardiograph (EKG) readings. At each medical visit, inform or remind your physician that you are taking this medication. Make sure your family members and friends know that you are taking Digoxin..

As with all drugs, keep this medication away from children.

Are there any other medications which can be taken instead of this one which has the same or similar effect as this medication?

Are there any natural remedies which have the same or similar effect as this medication?

Can I take a generic version of this medication?
Yes, you can take generic Digoxin.

Is there an over-the-counter version of this medication?


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