What LANOXIN is used for
LANOXIN is used in the treatment of chronic heart failure and/or atrial fibrillation and flutter (irregular heart rhythms caused by an electrical problem in the upper chambers of the heart). Heart failure is a disease of the heart which develops when the heart muscle cannot pump blood strongly enough to supply all the blood needed throughout the body.
Heart failure is not the same as a heart attack and does not mean that the heart stops. Heart failure may start off with no symptoms but, as the condition progresses, you may feel short of breath and may get tired easily after light physical activity, such as walking. Some patients may wake up short of breath at night. Fluid may collect in different parts of the body, often first noticed as swollen ankles and feet.
LANOXIN contains the active ingredient digoxin, which belongs to a group of medicines called cardiac glycosides.
LANOXIN works by slowing down the rate of the heart so that each heartbeat is more effective at pumping blood. In people with heart failure, it also helps to control the symptoms of tiredness, breathlessness and fluid retention