Drug helps regulate heartbeat and blood circulation

Digoxin is a medication that is often used to treat symptoms of heart failure and atrial fibrillation. It works by slowing the pace of the heart and strengthening the contractions of the heart so that blood pumps more effectively through the body. Digoxin is often prescribed along with diuretics (water pills) and ACE inhibitors. It comes in tablet, capsule, or liquid (pediatric) forms.

Side effects of digoxin

As with any medication, different people may have different responses to the drug. Common side effects of digoxin include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling weak
  • Headache
  • Mild skin rash

In some patients, more serious side effects may occur, especially if the person is older or has another illness. Be sure to call your doctor right away if you experience:

  • Bloody or black stool (bowel movement)
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion, hallucinations, abnormal behavior
  • Heart palpitations
  • Vomiting

Also be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have and any other medications you are taking. Do not share your medicines or prescriptions with others and always take the prescribed dosage. If you have any questions or concerns about this medication, get in touch with your doctor for advice.

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