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Lanoxin Capsules

Generic Name: Digoxin (di-JOX-in)Brand Name: Examples include Digitek and Lanoxin

Lanoxin Capsules are 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 other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Lanoxin Capsules are a digitalis glycoside. It works by increasing the force of contraction of the heart and slowing heart rate.

Do NOT use Lanoxin Capsules if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Lanoxin Capsules
  • you are currently taking sucralfate
  • you have beriberi heart disease
  • you have certain types of heart rhythm problems, such as ventricular fibrillation

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Lanoxin Capsules:

Some medical conditions may interact with Lanoxin Capsules. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have severe heart failure, inflammation of the heart, coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart block, extra heart beats (PVCs), and certain abnormal heart rhythms, or fainting due to a heart problem
  • if you have severe kidney, liver or lung problems, or thyroid problems
  • if you have low blood levels of calcium, magnesium, or potassium, or high blood levels of potassium or calcium

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lanoxin Capsules. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Amiodarone, amphotericin B, anticholinergics (eg, propantheline), beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), bupivacaine, calcium, certain stimulants (eg, albuterol, amphetamine, pseudoephedrine), cyclosporine, diltiazem, diphenoxylate, diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide), indomethacin, itraconazole, macrolides (eg, erythromycin), propafenone, quinidine, quinine, spironolactone, succinylcholine, tetracyclines (eg, doxycycline), thioamines (eg, methimazole), or verapamil because they may increase the risk of Lanoxin Capsules's side effects, especially on the heart
  • Acarbose, certain anticancer medicines, cholestyramine, colestipol, kaolin-pectin, metoclopramide, penicillamine, rifampin, sulfasalazine, or thyroid hormones (eg, levothyroxine) because they may decrease Lanoxin Capsules's effectiveness
  • Oral aminoglycosides (eg, neomycin) because the actions and side effects of Lanoxin Capsules may be increased or decreased
  • Spironolactone because it may interfere with certain lab tests for digoxin blood levels and give false readings

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Lanoxin Capsules may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Lanoxin Capsules:

Use Lanoxin Capsules as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Lanoxin Capsules by mouth. Do not take it within 1 hour of food high in fiber.
  • Do not take antacids containing aluminum or magnesium, cholestyramine, or colestipol within 2 to 4 hours of taking Lanoxin Capsules.
  • If you miss a dose of Lanoxin Capsules, 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.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lanoxin Capsules.

Important safety information:

  • Lanoxin Capsules may cause dizziness or blurred vision. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Lanoxin Capsules with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Lanoxin Capsules 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 Capsules. 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 Capsules with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use Lanoxin Capsules with extreme caution in INFANTS who are premature or immature; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Poisoning may occur in children who accidently swallow Lanoxin Capsules or receive too much medicine. In case of an overdose, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Lanoxin Capsules while you are pregnant. Lanoxin Capsules are found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Lanoxin Capsules, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Lanoxin Capsules:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; nausea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision, yellow vision, or other vision changes; confusion; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; hallucinations; mood or mental changes (eg, depression); severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, or stomach pain; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include very fast, very slow, or irregular heartbeat.

Proper storage of Lanoxin Capsules:

Store Lanoxin Capsules at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lanoxin Capsules out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Lanoxin Capsules, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lanoxin Capsules are to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Lanoxin Capsules. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Lanoxin Prescribing Information (FDA)
  • Lanoxin Consumer Overview
  • Lanoxin Detailed Consumer Information (PDR)
  • Lanoxin Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Digoxin Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Lanoxicaps Prescribing Information (FDA)

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