Before taking digoxin (Lanoxin®), tell your healthcare provider if you have any of the following conditions:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Heart problems
- A history of electrolyte or vitamin problems (such as low or high blood potassium, calcium, magnesium, or thiamine levels).
Digoxin is not suitable for everyone. While some people simply require closer monitoring during treatment, other people will need to avoid this medication altogether. Contraindications for digoxin include:
- Being allergic to any of the ingredients in the drug
- Having ventricular fibrillation, a serious heart rhythm problem (heart arrhythmia).
(Click Digoxin Precautions and Warnings for a more in-depth list of possible contraindications. This article also goes into more detail about potentially dangerous and even life-threatening complications that may occur.)