How Many Times a Day Do You Take Digoxin?
If your healthcare provider has prescribed digoxin (Lanoxin®), you may be wondering how many times a day you need to take the medication.
In general, the tablet and elixir (oral liquid) forms of digoxin are normally taken by mouth once a day. However, children may need to take digoxin more often than once a day. It typically takes one to three weeks after you start digoxin treatment for an adequate amount of the drug to accumulate in your body.
The injectable form of digoxin is typically used when a more rapid response to the medication is needed. In these cases, you may be given a digoxin loading dose, which means you will be given a higher initial dose. The total loading dosage is usually given in several smaller doses, six to eight hours apart. You will be switched over to an oral form of digoxin (tablets or elixir) for your normal maintenance treatment.
(For more information on this topic, click Digoxin Dosage. This Web article provides more specific dosing guidelines on using this drug to treat congestive heart failure or atrial fibrillation.)