Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Digoxin exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Digoxin must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking it even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by your doctor. Your condition may worsen if Digoxin is stopped suddenly.
You may take Digoxin with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Do not take Digoxin together with high fibre foods such as cereals, high fibre bread, fruit or vegetables as these can reduce the absorption of Digoxin.
Do not switch between different brands of Digoxin unless your doctor has specifically told you to do so.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have any of these conditions or any other illnesses:
- a recent heart attack
- low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood
- high levels of calcium in the blood
- a heart problem known as "Beri-Beri disease"
- kidney or liver disease
- lung disease
- thyroid problems
- digestive problems or other bowel problems
Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Why is it important to keep my appointments with the doctor?
Your doctor needs to check your response to Digoxin regularly. He may also need to do routine blood tests and an electrocardiogram (ECG) to monitor your condition. Be sure to keep all appointments with your doctor.
When should I not use this medicine?
Digoxin may not be suitable for certain heart conditions. Alert your doctor to any heart conditions that you have.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Do not take Digoxin together with high fibre foods such as cereals, high fibre bread, fruit or vegetables as it can reduce the absorption of Digoxin.
Why do I need this medicine?
Digoxin is used to treat heart failure and certain types of heart disease in which the heart rhythm is irregular, such as atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
Digoxin works by giving better control over your heart rate and rhythm. It also improves the contraction power of your heart.
What side effects could I experience?
Digoxin may cause drowsiness and dizziness. If you feel drowsy or dizzy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Digoxin may also cause slow, irregular or pounding heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, confusion and rash. Digoxin may also cause changes in your vision such as blurred vision or yellow-coloured vision. Alert your doctor if these side effects are severe or refuse to go away.
Other side effects are less common but may need immediate medical attention. Alert your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms:
- chest pain
- difficulty breathing
- profuse sweating with an abnormally fast or irregular heartbeat
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- other medicines for heart problems, irregular heart beat or high blood pressure especially amiodarone, dronedarone, propafenone, quinidine, midodrine, verapamil, felodipine, tiapamil
- diuretics ("water pills") such as frusemide, furosemide, bumetanide, hydrochlorothiazide, spironolactone
- asthma medicines
- mood medicines such as nefazodone, trazodone, diazepam, alprazolam
- cholesterol medicines
- epilepsy (fits) medicines
- cancer medicines
- painkillers such as indomethacin
- medicines for anaesthesia such as succinylcholine
- medicines for stomach problems such diphenoxylate, metoclopramide or propantheline
- antibiotics such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, ciprofloxacin and related medicines
- antifungal medicines such as itraconazole, amphotericin B
- tuberculosis (TB) medicines such as rifampicin
- St John's wort (herbal remedy)
Do not take antacids at the same time that you take Digoxin. If you are taking antacids, take them 1 hour before or 2 hour after Digoxin.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.