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Lanoxin Medication - Uses & Side Effects

It belongs to a class of drugs known as digitalis glycosides. It help weakened heart to function properly. It also increases the strength of the heart muscle, and also helps to remove excess water from the body. It reduce the symptoms of congestive heart failure, a condition that reduces the ability of the heart to pump enough blood through the body.

Lanoxin Dosage

  • The usual starting dose is 0.125 milligram or 0.25 milligram tablet once daily.

Uses of Lanoxin

  • Lanoxin is used to treat conditions such as congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
  • Digoxin is also used to treat heart pain.

Side Effects of Lanoxin

Before taken Lanoxin medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor.  If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Lanoxin. Side effects may include:

  • Apathy
  • Yellow vision
  • Blurred vision
  • Weakness
  • Breast development in males
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Psychosis
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea

Warnings and precautions before taking Lanoxin:

  • If you are allergic to digoxin, digitoxin, or any other drugs, then you should tell your doctor.
  • If you are taking any prescription and nonprescription medications, especially such as antacids, antibiotics, calcium, corticosteroids, other medications for heart disease, thyroid medications, and vitamins, then you should tell your doctor. Because it may lead to another serious effects.
  • After taken Lanoxin, you may feel drowsy, dizzy or some sleepy. So you should not participate in any activities that require more alertness such as drive a car or operate machinery.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Lanoxin with certain other drugs, then the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Lanoxin with the following:

  • Airway-opening drugs such as Proventil and Ventolin
  • Water pills such as Lasix
  • Antibiotics such as neomycin, tetracycline, erythromycin, and clarithromycin
  • Beta-blocking blood pressure drugs
  • Thyroid hormones
  • Calcium
  • Sucralfate
  • Cyclosporine
  • Diphenoxylate
  • Propafenone
  • Heartbeat-regulating drugs
  • Itraconazole
Overdose

After taken Lanoxin if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. Symptoms of a Lanoxin overdose include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Light "halos" around objects
  • Green or yellow vision
  • Fatigue


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