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Digitek Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is digoxin (Digitek)?
- What are the possible side effects of digoxin (Digitek)?
- What is the most important information I should know about digoxin (Digitek)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking digoxin (Digitek)?
- How should I take digoxin (Digitek)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Digitek)?
- What happens if I overdose (Digitek)?
- What should I avoid while taking digoxin (Digitek)?
- What other drugs will affect digoxin (Digitek)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking digoxin (Digitek)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to digoxin, or if you have ventricular fibrillation (a heart rhythm disorder of the ventricles, or lower chambers of the heart that allow blood to flow out of the heart).
To make sure you can safely take digoxin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- certain serious heart conditions, especially "AV block" (unless you have a pacemaker);
- a recent history of heart attack;
- kidney disease;
- a thyroid disorder;
- an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of calcium, potassium, or magnesium in your blood); or
- if you are malnourished or have recently been sick with vomiting or diarrhea.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether digoxin will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
Digoxin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults may be more likely to have side effects from digoxin.
How should I take digoxin (Digitek)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take digoxin with a full glass of water.
Try to take the medication at the same time every day.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis. Your kidney function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
Keep taking digoxin as directed, even if you feel well. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Do not stop taking digoxin without first talking to your doctor. Stopping suddenly may make your condition worse.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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