Digoxin

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with digoxin include the following:
 
  • Digoxin comes in tablet, elixir (oral liquid), and injectable forms. The tablets and elixir are usually taken by mouth once a day. Children may need to take digoxin more often than once a day.
 
  • Use the specially marked measuring dropper to measure the correct dose of digoxin elixir, unless the dose is less than 0.2 mL. In that case, your healthcare provider will give you a different measuring device. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much of the medication to use.
 
  • A trained healthcare provider, such as a nurse, normally gives digoxin injections. The injections are usually given into a vein (intravenous [IV] injection), but may rarely be given into a muscle (intramuscular [IM] injection).
 
  • You can take digoxin with or without food. Try taking it with food if it bothers your stomach.
 
  • Try to take it at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
 
  • For this medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
 

Dosing Information

The dose of digoxin your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The condition being treated
  • Your weight
  • Your age
  • Other medications you are taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
 
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 
(Click Digoxin Dosage for more information.)
 
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