Digoxin Precautions and Warnings
To determine whether digoxin is suitable for you, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medical conditions you have, such as thyroid problems, heart problems, or a history of an electrolyte imbalance. Other warnings and precautions with digoxin include possible drug interactions and allergic reactions. Also, make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking digoxin (Lanoxin®) if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Heart problems, such as:
- Any abnormal heart rhythm (heart arrhythmia)
- Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (a rare heart condition)
- A recent heart attack
- Beriberi heart disease
- Inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis)
- Constrictive pericarditis (a long-term inflammation of the sac-like covering around the heart)
- Restrictive cardiomyopathy (a disorder in which the heart chambers cannot fill properly because the heart is too stiff)
- A history of electrolyte or vitamin problems (such as low or high blood potassium, calcium, magnesium, or thiamine levels)
- Thyroid problems (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism)
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.