Lanoxin is a purified glycoside prescribed for the treatment of congestive heart failure. It may also be used for treating other heart problems as determined by your doctor.
How to use Lanoxin
The ideal way to use Lanoxin is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
Ideally, Lanoxin must be taken on an empty stomach. But if it causes a stomach upset, then may be taken with or without a meal.
Preferably, Lanoxin should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Lanoxin without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Lanoxin to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember (within 12 hours) provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Lanoxin between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Lanoxin in the bathroom.
A Lanoxin overdose may have certain adverse symptoms like Abdominal pain, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, loss of appetite and nausea which may require immediate medical attention. So please contact your doctor immediately if you suspect that the patient has overdosed on Lanoxin.
Although there are no reported cases of a Lanoxin overdose, you must contact your doctor immediately if you suspect an overdose.
Consult your doctor before using Lanoxin if you have conditions like, if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Lanoxin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), or other digitalis medicines; you have Beriberi heart disease; you have certain types of heart rhythm problems, such as ventricular fibrillation.
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Lanoxin as Lanoxin may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Lanoxin is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
You may be required to undergo certain lab tests including electrocardiogram (ECG), electrolytes, and blood digoxin levels while taking Lanoxin. These tests are prescribed to monitor the progress as well as the severity of side effects. Please do not miss any lab appointments.
Please maintain caution while using Lanoxin in elderly patients as the safety as well as effectiveness of Lanoxin in these patients are yet to be ascertained.