Lanoxin belongs to a group of drugs referred to as cardiac glycosides. It is derived from the digitalis plants similarly to the other drugs in the group. Lanoxin is used to treat heart failure by strengthening the heart. It is also used to treat atrial fibrillation which is a type of irregular heartbeat.
Lanoxin comes in both solid and liquid forms. The dosage that is suitable for you will be recommended by your doctor according to the severity of your condition and your age, weight etc.
Individuals taking Lanoxin should avoid eating food with high fibre content because it can reduce the absorption of the drug. Always keep a margin of at least 2 hours between the intake of high fibre food and the drug. There are also certain other medications such as cholestyramine, cholestipol and psyllium which shouldn’t be taken at the same time as Lanoxin. If you have been prescribed any of these drugs, make sure that you take Lanoxin after a few hours of taking the particular drug.
The same treatment should be followed if you are taking antacids such as milk of magnesia, sulfasalazine and aminosalycilic acid. Keep in mind not to alter the dosage or stop the drug without consulting with your doctor first. Monitor your progress and let your doctor know if positive results are not observed.
Patients with ventricular fibrillations should not use Lanoxin. Your doctor should be informed if you experienced recent heart attacks, sick sinus syndrome, AV block, kidney diseases, thyroid diseases, Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome or malnourishment. All of these conditions may affect the way Lanoxin affects your system.
Pregnant women should consult with their doctor before starting on this medication and discuss about the issues related with breastfeeding as well.
Drugs like water pills or any other factor that can affect the minerals in the body could change the reaction of this drug. Therefore, let your doctor know about any such factor.
Make sure that you stay hydrated at all times when using this drug. Don’t overexert yourself during exercise or when exposed to severe sunlight.
An allergic reaction to Lanoxin usually results in rashes, hives, difficulty in breathing and swelling of the neck and face area. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the mentioned conditions.
Blurred and yellow eyes, nausea, vomiting, bloody stools, confusion and hallucination are all rare yet possible side effects of the drug. These signs would also require medical attention. Patients taking this medication may also feel anxious and depressed and be prone to mood swings. Older patients have a higher possibility of showing many of the side effects mentioned here.
Lanoxin can give rise to other types of irregular heartbeats even though it is meant to treat atrial fibrillation.
Therefore, it is important to have yourself tested regularly and to disclose all your symptoms to your doctor.
If you accidentally take the wrong dose of medication and feel uneasy, visit an emergency room immediately. High levels of any drug is toxic to the body and can make lasting damages.