Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular

Lanoxin

(Digoxin)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Cardiovascular
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Improves heart pumping.

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Our bottom line

Digoxin is a good backup for treating heart failure symptoms, but it doesn't, by itself, lower your risk of death.

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Upsides

  • Used for some abnormal heart rhythms, and for heart failure that can't be controlled by other medications.
  • Relieves shortness of breath, and makes it easier to be active without having symptoms.
  • In studies, Digoxin lowered the risk of having to be admitted to the hospital for worsening heart failure.
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Downsides

  • For heart failure, relieves symptoms, but does not lower the risk of death. That's why it's usually used together with other heart failure medicines that do lower the risk of death.
  • Requires blood tests, especially during the first few weeks of treatment.
How it works

Digoxin helps your heart work more efficiently. It makes your heart pump slower and stronger, which helps it get more blood and oxygen out to your body and organs.

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Side effect rates for Lanoxin (Digoxin)

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  • Dizziness
  • Mental disturbances
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Death
  • Side effects requiring hospitalization
  • Abnormally fast heart beat
  • Vomiting
  • Rash

Risks and Warnings for Lanoxin (Digoxin)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • Drug interactions
    • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

    Lanoxin (Digoxin) can cause changes to your heartbeat (ventricular fibrillation) if you have a rare condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Talk to your doctor if you have this condition.

Common concerns from people taking Lanoxin (Digoxin)

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Interactions
  • Tell your doctor about other medicines you're taking to avoid drug interactions.