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Brand Name: Digoxin
Generic Name: Lanoxin

What does this medicine do?

  • Strengthens the heart muscle and slows the heart rate
  • Used to treat congestive heart failure and some abnormal heart rhythms

How should I give my child this medicine?

  • Give at the same time each day as directed
  • Give with or without food/liquids
  • Can be given as a liquid or a pill. The liquid should be measured only with an oral syringe

What should I do if my child vomits after a dose?

Do not repeat the dose unless your child vomited within 5 minutes after the dose was given and you are sure all the medicine has come up. 

What should I do if my child misses a dose?

You may give the dose up to two hours later. If it is more than two hours late, skip the missed dose and give the next dose at the regular time. Never try to make up missed doses by giving extra medicine.

What are the common side effects?

You should call your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following occur:

Most common:

  • Loss of appetite and nausea or vomiting


  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Decrease in activity or increased sleeping or drowsiness
  • Slow or irregular heartbeat
  • Blurred vision, sensitivity to light, seeing halos around lights


This information does not cover all the uses, precautions, side effects or interactions of this medicine. If you have any further questions, please contact your doctor.

2006: Information reviewed by Lynda Dettling BSN, RN

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