Lanoxin Syrup

Introduction

Lanoxin Syrup is a medicine used for the treatment of heart failure in combination with other medicines. It helps to provide symptomatic relief by making the heart pump blood more efficiently. This medicine is also used to treat abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia).

Lanoxin Syrup restores and maintains a normal and steady heartbeat. It should be taken regularly as advised by the doctor. You may take it with or without food but it is better to take this medicine at a fixed time. This medicine should not be stopped abruptly without consulting the doctor as this can worsen your condition. Regular follow-up with your doctor is advised while using this medicine.

Common side effects of this medicine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and visual disturbances. Consult your doctor if these effects bother you. This medicine is used with caution for some people. Thus, you must inform the doctor if you are suffering from any kidney disease. Also, let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and about all the other medications that you are taking regularly. Your doctor may advise for regular monitoring of kidney function while you are taking this medicine.

Uses of Lanoxin Syrup

  • Heart failure
  • Arrhythmia

Side effects of Lanoxin Syrup

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Lanoxin

  • Visual impairment
  • Skin rash
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats)

How to use Lanoxin Syrup

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Measure it with a measuring cup and take it by mouth. Shake well before use. Lanoxin Syrup may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Lanoxin Syrup works

Lanoxin Syrup is a cardiac glycoside. It works by correcting irregular heartbeat to a normal rhythm and increases the force with which the heart muscle contracts with every heartbeat. This makes the heart pump more efficiently and increases blood circulation throughout the body.

Safety Advice

Alcohol

UNSAFE
It is unsafe to consume alcohol with Lanoxin Syrup.

Pregnancy

CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Lanoxin Syrup may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.

Breastfeeding

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Lanoxin Syrup is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.

Driving

UNSAFE
Lanoxin Syrup may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
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Kidney

CAUTION
Lanoxin Syrup should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Lanoxin Syrup may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Regular monitoring of kidney function tests, potassium, magnesium and calcium levels is advisable while you are taking this medicine.

Liver

SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Lanoxin Syrup is probably safe to use in patients with liver disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Lanoxin Syrup may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Lanoxin Syrup?

If you miss a dose of Lanoxin Syrup, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.