Digoxin Use in Heart Failure
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a condition in which the heart does not pump enough blood throughout the body. If you have been diagnosed with congestive heart failure, your healthcare provider may prescribe digoxin (Lanoxin®). This medication is available as a tablet, an elixir (oral liquid), and an injection. The tablets and elixir are usually taken by mouth once a day, although children may need to take it in smaller doses throughout the day.
Specifically, digoxin is approved to treat mild-to-moderate heart failure. It helps the heart pump more efficiently, so that more blood can be pumped from the heart. In clinical studies, digoxin has been shown to:
- Decrease hospitalization due to heart failure
- Decrease the need for emergency heart failure treatment
- Improve heart failure symptoms (exercise tolerance).
(For more information on using this drug to treat heart failure, click What Is Digoxin Used For? This article also explains how this medication works, other possible uses, and whether it is safe for use in children.)