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Lanoxin-125 tablets 125mcg
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    Lanoxin-125 tablets 125mcg 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.
  • Directions

    How do I take 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 do if I have forgotten to take this medicine? Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal schedule.

    DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

    Remember to take your medicine regularly. Digoxin must be taken exactly as directed for it to be effective. If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
    Can I take 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
    - immunosuppressants
    - epilepsy (fits) medicines
    - cancer medicines
    - laxatives
    - 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. 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.
  • Warnings

    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. What should I take note of while using 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. Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take? Avoid alcohol.

    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.
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  • Side Effects

    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

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