Lanoxin
DESCRIPTION

When used with other medications, Lanoxin is high useful in treating heart failure. This medication is also referred to as Digoxin.

How it works

This drug belongs to a class of medications known as cardiac glycosides. This drug works by affecting specific minerals in the heart cells. This decreases the strain on the heart and thereby enables the heart to facilitate a regular heartbeat.

Uses

Lanoxin is mainly used by individuals with heart failure. It is also useful in treating irregular heartbeats. By using this medication, you will be able to walk and exercise normally again. This medication can reduce your vulnerability towards strokes and heart attacks as well.

Dosage

This drug should be consumed once a day on a daily basis. You can take the drug by mouth, with or without drugs. If you are consuming this drug in liquid form, make sure to measure the dosage with the dropper provided by the manufacturer. Using a household spoon may lead to the wrong dosage.

It can be difficult for your body to absorb this medication when you consume it with food with high fiber content. So, if you are consuming food such as bran for your meal, make sure to take the drug at least 2 hours before or after. In the same way, if you are taking anti-acids or any other medications, you need to take Lanoxin at least 2 hours before you consume your other medications.

The dosage will be based according to several factors including your medical condition, response to the treatment, age and body weight. You must not stop taking Lanoxin without consulting a physician. Doing so might make your condition worse. If you are planning to discontinue the treatment, make sure to consult your doctor first.

You must take this medication on a regular basis in order to experience the best benefits of Lanoxin. So, do not miss your doses under any circumstance.

Side effects

During the treatment period, you are likely to experience unpleasant side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, diarrhea and loss of appetite. Even though these side effects disappear within a day or two, make sure to alert your physician if they persist.

It is also possible for you to experience some rare, but serious, side effects during this time period. This includes side effects such as:

Vision changes
Mood changes
Weakness
Enlarged breasts in men

You may also experience allergic reactions. If you do, you need to inform your healthcare provider immediately.

Precautions

The following precautionary methods must be followed throughout the treatment period for your own safety.

Do not drive or operate machinery since this medication can lead to blurred vision.
If you have suffered from kidney or thyroid problems previously, inform your physician.
Inform your pharmacist if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of the medication.
Be mindful when giving this medication to children since they are more sensitive to certain side effects.

Self-care

If you are planning to take this medication during the period of pregnancy, make sure to consume Lanoxin only when it is clearly needed.

It is known that this medication can be passed on to infants via breast milk. However, it is not known whether this medication can affect your infant negatively.

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