A healthcare provider may recommend digoxin (Lanoxin®) to treat certain heart problems, including congestive heart failure (CHF) and a type of irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. There are several forms and strengths of this prescription medication available.
In the tablet (pill) form, this heart medication is available in two strengths -- digoxin 0.125 mg and 0.25 mg. It is also available as an oral solution (0.05 mg per mL elixir) and as an injection (0.25 mg per mL). The tablets and elixir are usually taken by mouth once a day. Children may need to take digoxin more often than once a day.
(For a closer look at digoxin pills, elixir, and injections, click Digoxin. This article explains how this heart medication works and describes potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and things to discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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