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What is Digoxin?

Digoxin is used to treat heart diseases such as congestive heart failure, certain types of heart rhythm disorders, and sometimes, dilated cardiomyopathy. Digoxin requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.
For: Cats and Dogs

Benefits:
Increases contraction strength of the heart

How it works:
Digoxin works by affecting the minerals sodium and potassium inside your pet’s heart cells. This action reduces strain on the heart and helps it maintain a normal, steady, and strong beat.

Cautions:
Because the difference between the treatment dose and the dose that causes side effects is small, do not adjust the medication without contacting your veterinarian. Contact your veterinarian if your pet shows decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, incoordination, changes in urination, or weakness while being treated with digoxin.


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Brand Name
Cardoxin (Evsco), Lanoxin (GlaxoSmithKline)
Generic Name
Digoxin

What is the most important information I should know about digoxin: Digoxin is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats. Digoxin is available as 0.125mg and 0.25mg scored tablets. The usual initial dose for dogs is 0.0025-0.005mg/pound every 12 hours. The usual dose in cats is 0.0015-0.002mg/pound every 12 hours. Do not stop giving digoxin suddenly. Stopping suddenly could make the heart condition worse.

What is Digoxin: Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside. Digoxin helps the heart beat more strongly and regularly. Digoxin is used to treat various heart conditions such as congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Digoxin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this guide.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving digoxin to my pet: Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney disease, thyroid disease or is being given any other heart medication. Also tell your veterinarian if the pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should this medication be given: Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. Digoxin should be given with lots of water. Digoxin should be given to your pet at the same times every day. Periodic blood tests may be necessary during treatment with digoxin to monitor the amount of medication in the pets body. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Store digoxin at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.  

What happens if I miss giving a dose: Give the missed dose as soon as you remember during the same day. However, if you are within 12 hours of the next dose, skip the dose you missed and give only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of digoxin overdose include nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, diarrhea, confusion, seizures, hallucinations, fatigue, irregular heartbeats, and abnormally fast or slow heartbeats.

What should I avoid while giving Digoxin to my pet: There are no restrictions on food or activity while the pet is on digoxin unless otherwise directed by the veterinarian.

What are the possible side effects of Digoxin: If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving digoxin and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips, tongue or face; hives), headache, fainting or extreme drowsiness or dizziness, irregular heartbeats, slow heartbeats, abnormally fast heartbeats, hallucinations or abnormal behavior. Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving digoxin and talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences decrease appetite and diarrhea, unusual tiredness or weakness, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or drowsiness. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal.

What other drugs will affect Digoxin: Tell the veterinarian if your pet is also taking an antacid or laxative that contains aluminum, magnesium or kaolin-pectin, a beta-blocker such as atenolol, a calcium channel blocker such as Norvasc, a cancer chemotherapy drug, a diuretic such as furosemide, a steroid medication such as prednisone, a thyroid medication, erythromycin, metoclopramide or tetracycline. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with digoxin. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.

Where can I get more information: Your pharmacist has additional information about Digoxin written for health professionals that you may read.



Call your veterinarian for medical advice about any side effects to your pet. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Directions:

Digoxin is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats for the initial and chronic treatment of congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter.
Digoxin is a cardiac glycoside. Digoxin helps the heart beat more strongly and regularly.
Do not stop giving the medication suddenly. Stopping suddenly can make the heart condition worse.

Tip: Because the difference between the treatment dose and the dose that causes side effects is small, do not adjust medication without contacting the veterinarian.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Dogs: All weights The usual dose for dogs is 0.0025mg-0.005mg/ lb of pet’s body weight every 12 hours, on an empty stomach. Digoxin should be given with lots of water. Digoxin should be given to your pet at the same times every day
Cats: All weights The usual dose for cats is 0.0015mg- 0.002mg / lb of pet’s body weight every 12 hours, on an empty stomach. Digoxin should be given with lots of water. Digoxin should be given to your pet at the same times every day
Horses:

Storage: Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

Digoxin:
Active Ingredient Amount
Digoxin 0.125 mg

Digoxin:
Active Ingredient Amount
Digoxin 0.25 mg

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AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT! THE MEDICINE IS KEEPING MY 15 YR. OLD CHIHAUHAU ALIVE! MY DR. PRESCRIBED 1/2 OF A 0.125 TABLET TWICE A DAY AND HIS LITTLE TICKER IS DOING FINE . I GIVE IT MORNING & EVENING WITH ALITTLE BIT A PEANUT BUTTER & HE LAPS IT RIGHT UP. SUCH AN AMAZING MEDICINE FOR SUCH A REASONABLE PRICE! WE'RE SO THANKFUL FOR IT! 02/28/2012
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Your website says it is out of stock. When is it expected to be back in stock?
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PROBABLY HE MEANT TO SAY 1 TABLET A DAY BUT TO SPLIT IT IN 1/2 GIVING 1 DOSE IN THE AM & THE OTHER IN THE PM.
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Only your veterinarian can answer this with a certainty, but it could be due to him wanting what is called a loading dose.
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This information sheet is for educational purposes only and is intended to be a supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise and professional judgment of your veterinarian. The information is NOT to be used for diagnosis or treatment of your pet. You should always consult your own veterinarian for specific advice concerning the treatment of your pet. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, allergic reactions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for your pet. It is not a substitute for a veterinary exam, and it does not replace the need for services provided by your veterinarian.
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