Lanoxin is used for treating heart failure and slowing the heart rate in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation, a type of abnormal heart rhythm. It may also be used for certain conditions as determined by your doctor.
How to take
Use Lanoxin as directed by your doctor.
- Lanoxin may be taken with or without food.
- Using Lanoxin at the same time each day will help you to remember.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Lanoxin is a digitalis glycoside. It works by increasing the force of contraction of the heart and slowing heart rate.
If you miss a dose of Lanoxin , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Store at the room temperature away from moisture and sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.
Do not use Lanoxin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Lanoxin or other digitalis medicines;
- you have Beriberi heart disease;
- you have certain types of heart rhythm problems, such as ventricular fibrillation.
- Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Lanoxin before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Lab tests, including electrocardiogram (ECG), electrolytes, and blood digoxin levels, may be performed while you use Lanoxin . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Lanoxin with caution in the elderly; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Lanoxin while you are pregnant. Lanoxin is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Lanoxin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible Side Effects
Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:
- diarrhea; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; loss of appetite; nausea; vomiting; weakness.
- severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); heart disturbances.
Lanoxin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.