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Lanoxin Medication - Uses and Side Effects

 

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Genetic Name

  • Digoxin.

Brand Names

  • Lanoxin.

General Information

Lanoxin helps the heart to beat more sturdy and regularly. Lanoxin is used in the treatment of congestive heart fiasco, certain types of irregular heartbeat, and other heart problems. It improves the strength and efficacy of your heart, which leads to better circulation of blood and reduction of the uncomfortable swelling that is common in people with congestive heart failure.

Lanoxin is used to treat conditions such as congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter (types of fast heartbeats). Digoxin also slows the electrical conduction between the atria and the ventricles of the heart, and is useful in treating abnormally hasty atrial rhythms such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, and atrial tachycardia. Digoxin drugs are available in a number of plants. Digoxin is extracted from the leaves of Digitalis lanata. The term "digitalis" is used to christen the whole group of glycosides. The glycosides are calmed of two portions: a sugar and a cardenolide (hence "glycosides"). Its molecular formula is C 41 H 64 O 14, and its molecular weight is 780.95. Digoxin comes as a tablet, capsule, or pediatric elixir (liquid) to take by mouth.

Digoxin different brands have different quantity of active drug. Lanoxin is supplied as 125-mcg (0.125-mg) or 250-mcg (0.25-mg) tablets for oral administration. Each tablet contains the labeled amount of digoxin and the following dormant ingredients: corn and potato starches, lactose, and magnesium stearate.

Lanoxicaps is a sturdy solution of digoxin enclosed within a soft gelatin capsule for oral use. Each capsule contains the labeled amount of digoxin dissolved in a solvent comprehended of polyethylene glycol 400, 8% ethyl alcohol, propylene glycol, and purified water. Inactive ingredients in the Lanoxin capsule shell include FD&C red. Lanoxin injection is a sterile solution of digoxin for intravenous injection. The vehicle contains 40% propylene glycol and 10% alcohol. The injection is buffered to a pH of 6.8 to 7.2 with 0.17% sodium phosphate and 0.08% anhydrous citric acid. Digoxin is generally taken once a day. The pediatric elixir comes with a especially marked dropper for measuring the dose. If you have trouble, ask your pharmacist to show you how to use it. It is necessasry which you always take the same brand of digoxin.

Side Effects of Lanoxin

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Vision changes (blurred or yellow).
  • Rash.
  • Irregular heartbeat.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Difficulty breathing.

Lanoxin Dosage

The dose of these medicines will be different for different patients. Adult Injection-Each 2-ml ampul contains 500 mg (0.5 mg) digoxin (250 mg [0.25 mg] per ml). Quest emergency medical attention immediately. Signs of a Lanoxin overdose include nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, diarrhea, confusion, seizures, hallucinations, light "halos around objects, green or yellow vision, fatigue, irregular heartbeats, andanomalistically fast or slow heartbeats.

Warnings and precautions before taking Lanoxin

Avoid taking this medicine with high-bran/high-fiber foods, such as certain breakfast cereals. Do not alter from one brand of this drug to another. Lanoxin should not be taken by people with the heart aberrancy known as ventricular fibrillation. Lanoxin should not be used, alone or with other drugs, for weight reduction. It can causeasymmetrical heartbeat and other dangerous, even fatal, reactions. Dose of digoxin for 1 to 2 days prior to electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation to avoid theconscription of ventricular arrhythmias.