Medication Information Leaflet
Digoxin is used primarily to slow down rapid heart rate. It is also used in heart failure to improve heart function by strengthening the force of your heartbeat.
Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
You may take this medication with or without food.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.
Inform your healthcare professional if:
You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
You are pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
You are breastfeeding.
You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
Diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting
Problems with your vision – sudden change (blurring) in eyesight, yellow vision
While these side-effects are rare, it is important to consult your healthcare professional if these side-effects become severe. These may indicate that the dose of digoxin may be too high for you.
It is very important that you are on regular follow-up with your doctor to monitor for any possible side-effects. Inform your healthcare professional if you have any of the following side-effects.
Digoxin may worsen existing abnormal heart rhythm, or cause new irregular heartbeats. Symptoms of abnormal heart rhythm include one or more of the following:
Irregular heartbeat e.g. slowed heartbeat or palpitations (feels like your heart is racing, pounding, skipping a beat)
Severe dizziness or fainting spells
The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:
Difficulty in breathing
Itchy skin rashes over your whole body
If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.
There are several medications that may affect the level of digoxin in your body. If you intend to take any over-the-counter medications, supplements, herbal remedies or traditional medicine, consult your healthcare professional first to confirm that it is safe to take with digoxin.
Store in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. Keep this medication away from children.
This article was last reviewed on
Friday, September 15, 2023
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