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Lanoxin

Form.

Tablets: 0.125 milligrams,
Tablets: 0.25 milligrams,
Tablets: 0.5 milligrams;
Capsules: 0.05 milligrams,
Capsules: 0.1 milligrams,
Capsules: 0.2 milligrams.

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Lanoxin is prescribed to treat congestive heart failure and the associated symptoms of shortness of breath when lying flat, wheezing, and ankle swelling.
Lanoxin is prescribed to slow heart rate in rapid atrial rhythm disturbances such as atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
Lanoxin is prescribed in the treatment of congestive heart failure, certain types of irregular heartbeat, and other heart problems. It improves the strength and efficiency of your heart, which leads to better circulation of blood and reduction of the uncomfortable swelling that is common in people with congestive heart failure. Lanoxin is usually prescribed along with a water pill (to help relieve swelling) and a drug called an ACE inhibitor (to further improve circulation). It belongs to a class of drugs known as digitalis glycosides.

Dosage.

Lanoxin is mainly excreted by the kidneys, and dosages need to be reduced in patients with kidney dysfunction. Lanoxin blood levels can be prescribed to monitor dosing and to avoid drug toxicity.
Your doctor will determine your dosage based on several factors: (1) the disease being treated; (2) your body weight; (3) your kidney function; (4) your age; and (5) other diseases you have or drugs you are taking.

If you are receiving Lanoxin for the first time, you may be rapidly "digitalized" (a larger first dose may be taken, followed by smaller maintenance doses), or gradually "digitalized" (maintenance doses only), depending on your doctor's recommendation.

ADULTS

If your doctor feels you need rapid digitalization, your first few doses may be given intravenously. You'll then be switched to tablets or capsules for long-term maintenance. A typical maintenance dose might be a 0.125 mg or 0.25 mg tablet once daily, but individual requirements vary widely. The exact dose will be determined by your doctor, based on your needs.

CHILDREN

Infants and young children usually have their daily dose divided into smaller doses; children over age 10 need adult dosages in proportion to body weight as determined by your doctor.

Side Effects.

The most common side effects are related to Lanoxin toxicity and heart rhythm disturbances.

Other side effects include:
- Vomiting;
- Skin rash;
- Nausea;
- Mental changes;
- Loss of appetite;
- Breast enlargement;
- Blurred vision;
- Abdominal pain;

Lanoxin side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Yellow Vision;
- Weakness;
- Vomiting;
- Rash;
- Psychosis;
- Nausea;
- Lower Stomach Pain;
- Loss Of Appetite;
- Headache;
- Dizziness;
- Diarrhea;
- Confusion;
- Change In Heartbeat;
- Breast Development In Males;
- Blurred Vision;
- Apathy;
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