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Digoxin is a pharmacy drug classified as a digitalis glycoside. Digoxin works to control heart rate and rhythm as well as to increase the heart's strength and/or efficiency, which can allow for better circulation. Digoxin is primarily prescribed to treat congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

How to Use Digoxin

Digoxin comes in several forms of delivery and can be administered via tablets, liquid filled capsules, elixirs, and solutions. As each form of delivery has its specific dosage and usage directions, talk to your doctor and he or she will provide the information you need to use this drug in the safest and most efficient manner for your condition.

Possible Side Effects

Many side effects are possible, though some patients are fortunate enough to experience no side effects at all, or few. Monitor your body and report any lingering or worsening common side effects to your doctor. Some of the more common side effects are as follows:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Rash
  • Expressed Fear of Death
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Severe Side Effects

Sometimes patients may experience severe and potentially dangerous side effects. Any patient who experiences any of the following should seek medical help immediately:

  • Bleeding Gums
  • Slow Heartbeat
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Abnormal Pulse
  • Dizziness
  • Rash with Lesions
  • Unusual Bruising and/or Bleeding
  • Fainting
  • Bloody Vomit
  • Black or Tarry Stools
  • Severe Stomach Pain
  • Pinpoint Red Spots (skin)
  • Blood In Urine or Stool


All patients considering use of this drug must first consult with their primary care doctor and have a full medical workup and consultation. There are many diseases, conditions, and drugs that could exacerbate a patient's condition or cause potentially dangerous effects when digoxin is introduced; therefore, only your doctor can tell you if digoxin is safe for use based on your medical history and current state of health.

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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA