Lanoxin is a digitalis glycoside, which treats heart failure by reducing the heart rate in patients suffering from acute atrial fibrillation. It increases the force of the contraction, thus reducing the heart rate.
Dosage and Directions
- Always follow the instructions of your doctor.
- Never modify the dosage without prior medical consultation.
- Never consume medicine for a prolonged duration.
- Never discontinue the medicine mid-course, as it may trigger withdrawal symptoms.
- Lanoxin should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
- In order to monitor the effect it has on the body, you need to undergo a regular blood test, including a kidney function test.
- Take Lanoxin with a full glass of water.
Missed or Overdose
In case you miss a dose and realize it close to the time of your next dose, then you can resume your regular schedule. Never consume a double dose, or consume two doses within a short time gap, else it may trigger side effects. In case you notice any unusual symptoms, then you should seek immediate medical assistance.
Lanoxin should be stored at a place with a temperature of 77 degrees F, but it can also be stored between 59 and 86 degrees F for a short while. Keep it far from warm, moist and bright places. Never keep it in the bathroom. Ensure that Lanoxin is not stored in a place easily reachable by children or pets.
Not Suitable For:
- As the active ingredient in Lanoxin is Digoxin, patients having an allergy to it or any other ingredient should never consume this medicine.
- Lanoxin is not suitable for patients suffering from an allergy to any digitalis medicines.
- Patients suffering from beriberi heart disease, or having heart rhythm issues should abstain from consuming Lanoxin.
- Pregnant or nursing women should inform the doctor about their condition before starting a course of Lanoxin.
- Also inform the doctor of your complete medical history, including any herbal, non-herbal medicine or dietary supplement which is part of your everyday routine.
- Patients suffering from heart, kidney, liver or lung issues should inform the doctor about their condition before consuming Lanoxin.
- Patients suffering from thyroid or abnormal levels of calcium, magnesium, or potassium should avoid taking this medicine.
- Lanoxin interacts with Amiodarone, amphotericin B, anticholinergics, beta- blockers, bupivacaine, calcium, some stimulants, cyclosporine, diltiazem, diphenoxylate, diuretics, indomethacin, itraconazole, macrolides, propafenone, quinidine, quinine, spironolactone, succinylcholine, tetracyclines, and other medicines.
- Medicines like cholestyramine and anticancer medication may reduce the efficiency of Lanoxin.
- Consuming Oral aminoglycosides may alter the effects of Lanoxin and trigger side effects.
- Consuming Spironolactone with Lanoxin may give incorrect lab readings.
- Lanoxin triggers drowsy spells and blurring of vision. Consuming alcohol and other medicines aggravates these effects. Hence, you must not drive or undertake any activities which require concentration and focus.
- In case you are planning to undertake any dental treatment, then you need to inform the dentist if you are consuming Lanoxin.
- Old people and children are more prone to the side effects of Lanoxin.
- Overdose may be fatal, especially in children.
Side effects of Lanoxin include diarrhea, nausea, skin allergies, breathlessness, swelling of the face or parts of the body, blurring of the vision, irregular heartbeats, hallucination, mood swings, acute vomiting, stomachache, abnormal bruises and bleeding in the body, unusual fatigue and other symptoms. In case any of these or other symptoms manifest after taking medicine, then you need to inform your doctor and seek medical aid immediately.