What should I know about digoxin tablets before taking them?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Digoxin may cause advanced or complete heart block in patients with sinus node disease and AV block.

If you have impaired kidney function or acute glomerulonephritis, myxedema, idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis, severe lung disease, acute myocarditis, chronic constrictive pericarditis, diastolic heart failure (preserved ejection fraction), frequent premature ventricular contractions, digoxin may not be a good option for you.

If you are planning to become pregnant, possibly pregnant, or pregnant currently, digoxin may not be a good option for you. It is not known if it is safe for pregnant women.

If you are breastfeeding, digoxin may not be a good option for you. It is not known if this drug can be passed into breast milk.

If you take digoxin, you should avoid licorice. 

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