Digitek is prescribed to ensure a strong, regular heartbeat. Doctors prescribe digoxin to patients suffering from congestive heart failure
, atrial fibrillation, and atrial flutter. Digoxin may be used under different circumstances, especially when a patient has suffered a heart attack or chest pains. Digoxin helps to increase the amount of blood pumped out of a filled chamber of the heart per heartbeat. Because the drug increases the strength of the heart muscle, it is useful for patients who have suffered from heart failure or from a heart attack
. Digoxin is also commonly prescribed for such symptoms as shortness of breath, swelling of the ankles, and poor circulation.
Digoxin Advisory Information
It is important to tell your doctor if you have any sensitivity to digoxin or if you have a known condition of low blood potassium. Certain patients with low potassium can develop digoxin toxicity well within the normal range, so it is important to notify your physician of your condition. Patients concurrently taking digoxin and beta-blockers
can develop a life-threatening heart condition if they do not carefully monitor their heart rate. It is important to tell your doctor if you are on beta blockers so they may adjust your digoxin dosage accordingly.
In April 2008 the Actavis Totawa company initiated a Class 1 recall
of their Digitek tablets because the manufacturing division produced digoxin tablets roughly twice the thickness and active ingredient of the regular tablets. These digoxin tablets were distributed by Mylan Pharmaceuticals
under the label "Bertek" and UDL Laboratories. These tablets have resulted in some patients experiencing near fatal overdose of digoxin.
Please consult with your physician about any questions you may have concerning Digitek use. Patients are caut not to take any Digitek tablets that may be a part of the recall, as their ingestion could result in potentially lethal side effects. Consult with your pharmacy as well as your health care professional about Digitek use.
If you have legal questions or believe that you have been injured as a result of taking digoxin tablets, you should contact an attorney who has experience in this area of practice.IMPORTANT - You should never stop using any medication without first consulting with your prescribing physician or healthcare professional. Injury Board FDA & Prescription Drug Help Center
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