Digoxin is used as the main active ingredient in medications to treat heart failure. It belongs to a group of medicines known as Cardiac Glycosides. The chemical classification of this component is extracted from the foxglove plant, Digitalis lanata. it is used to control ventricular rate in atrial fibrillation and in the management of congestive heart failure with atrial fibrillation. It actively plays the role of an epitope, an anti-arrhythmia drug, a cardiotonic drug and an EC transporting ATPase inhibitor. It is a cardenolide glycoside and a steroid saponin.
Class of Drugs – Cardiac glycosides
Molecular Formula – C41H64O14
Molecular Weight - 780.9 g/mol
Working: This Cardiac glycoside active component Digoxin acts by slowing the heart rate down and improving the way the ventricles are filled with blood. The ventricles are two of the four chambers of the heart.
Uses: This mentioned medication is indicated to treat heart failure, usually along with other medications. It can be used in the treatment of certain types of irregular heartbeat such as chronic atrial fibrillation. It may also help maintain the ability to walk and exercise and may improve the strength of the heart. It also improves the ability to exercise due to regular heartbeats.
This active ingredient belongs to a class of medications called cardiac glycosides that affects certain minerals like sodium and potassium inside heart cells. It results in reduction in strain on the heart and helps it maintain a normal, steady, and strong heartbeat.
Popular Brands and Dosages: This given active ingredient in used in popular brand medicines as mentioned below:
- Lanoxin: 0.25 mg
- Mexitil:0.25 mg
- Tambocor: 0.25 mg
- Rythmol:0.25 mg
Before consuming this medicine discuss about medical history of kidney problems, thyroid problems with the doctor. This drug may cause dizziness. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness or clear vision after taking this medicine.