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Dixin 0.5mg Injection
Salt Composition : Digoxin
Manufacturer : SAMARTH LIFE SCIENCES PVT LTD
Origin of Medicine : India
1 Ampoule(s) Of 2ml
Introduction to Dixin 0.5mg Injection
Dixin 0.5mg Injection contains the active ingredient digoxin, which belongs to a class of medications known as cardiac glycosides. It is used in the management of arrhythmias and heart failure. An arrhythmia is a heartbeat irregularity that causes the heart to skip a beat, beat erratically, or beat at the incorrect speed. Heart failure is the inability of the heart to pump blood to the body adequately.
It is not recommended to take dixin 0.5mg Injection if you have allergies to digoxin, other cardiac glycosides, or any of its components. Tell your doctor if you have recently suffered a heart attack or any severe heart condition, received any electric shock treatment to correct heartbeat, lung disease, kidney disease, thyroid disorders, high blood pressure(BP), vitamin B1 deficiency, or malabsorption syndrome (cannot absorb minerals from food properly) before taking this medicine. Before initiating treatment, communication about your medical history and medications with your healthcare provider is crucial.
Uses of Dixin 0.5mg Injection
- Heart failure
- Irregular heart rhythm or heartbeats
Therapeutic Effects of Dixin 0.5mg Injection
Digoxin works by correcting irregular heartbeats to a normal rhythm and strengthens the force of the heartbeat during heart failure.
Interaction of Dixin 0.5mg Injection with other drugs
Inform your doctor about any prescribed medications, over-the-counter medicines, nutritional or vitamin supplements, and herbal products you take or have taken before the treatment. Certain medications may interact with dixin 0.5mg Injection and cause undesirable side effects.
More Information about Dixin 0.5mg Injection
- Keep this medicine away from the sight and reach of children.
- Store at 20°C to 25°C.
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date.
How to consume Dixin 0.5mg Injection
To take dixin 0.5mg Injection follow your doctor's instructions closely. The medicine is administered orally, with dosages determined based on your heart condition, age, weight, and kidney function. Regular blood tests are done for dose adjustments. The treatment typically involves a loading dose to quickly reach therapeutic levels, followed by a maintenance dose as directed by your physician. Children's doses are weight-dependent, and the elderly may receive lower doses due to reduced kidney function.
Safety Advices for Dixin 0.5mg Injection
Side effects of dixin 0.5mg Injection that affect the mother can also impact the unborn child. Therefore, it is used cautiously in pregnant mothers only when considered necessary by your doctor. Please inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before taking this medication.
This medicine is excreted in breast milk but in very small amounts. Though no side effects are reported with the use of dixin 0.5mg Injection in breastfeeding mothers, it is recommended to inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding before starting this medication.
The effect of dixin 0.5mg Injection may be increased if you have severe lung diseases, leading to undesirable side effects. Hence, inform your physician of any lung diseases before taking the medicine.
The safety of dixin 0.5mg Injection in lung patients is unknown. Inform your physician if you have any liver disease before taking the medication.
It is not recommended to consume alcohol while you are in treatment with dixin 0.5mg Injection, as it can cause dizziness and enhance the effect of alcohol. Consult your doctor for more advice.
Dixin 0.5mg Injection can cause dizziness. Hence, do not drive or use heavy machinery if you feel dizzy. Consult your doctor for more advice.
Side Effects of Dixin 0.5mg Injection
Side effects are unwanted symptoms caused by medicines. Even though all medicines cause side effects, not everyone gets them.
- Allergic reactions of the skin may occur (rash, urticaria)
- Abnormal heartbeats
- Visual disturbances (blurred or yellow vision)
Word of Advice
During the treatment with Dixin 0.5mg Injection, your doctor may require you to take regular blood tests to monitor the digoxin levels in your blood, especially if you have kidney disorders. It is important to inform the healthcare provider conducting an ECG (electrocardiogram) about your digoxin intake, as it can influence the test results. Additionally, if you take Digoxin alongside suxamethonium (used for muscle relaxation and short-term paralysis treatment), there is a higher risk of elevated potassium levels in your blood. Hence, inform your doctor if you are on short-term paralysis treatment. While this medicine can generally be taken with or without food, it is important to avoid high-fiber foods as they can reduce the absorption of digoxin in your body. Awareness of these considerations and communicating them to your healthcare providers is essential for your safety and effective treatment.
Q 1. Can I stop taking Dixin 0.5mg Injection ?
Only discontinue digoxin after consulting your doctor, even if you feel better. Stopping abruptly could worsen your condition and may cause undesirable side effects.
Q 2. Does Dixin 0.5mg Injection interact with food?
Yes, avoiding high-fiber foods such as oatmeal, milk, and high-fiber cereals is crucial because they can reduce the absorption of digoxin in your body and lower the effect of this medication.
Q 3. Can Dixin 0.5mg Injection harm the kidneys?
Yes, dixin 0.5mg Injection can harm your kidneys, especially if you have kidney problems. If your kidney function worsens, there is a higher risk of digoxin-causing toxicity. This is especially true if you are undergoing dialysis, where changes in potassium levels can make things worse. It is important for you, especially if you have kidney issues, to be closely monitored when taking Digoxin to prevent complications.
Q 4. When can I expect to feel better with Dixin 0.5mg Injection?
Digoxin might take a few weeks to begin working, so you may not notice immediate changes. Remember, it's important not to abruptly stop taking Digoxin, as it could worsen your heart issues. If you experience any side effects or have concerns, discussing them with your doctor is best.
Q 5. What is the most serious side effect of Dixin 0.5mg Injection?
A very serious allergic reaction to dixin 0.5mg Injection is rare. However, get medical help promptly if you notice any serious allergic reaction, including rashes, itching, swelling (especially of the face,tongue or throat), severe dizziness, or difficult breathing. These are not a complete list of possible side effects.
Fact Box of Dixin 0.5mg Injection
Molecule Name: Digoxin
Therapeutic class: Antiarrhythmics
Pharmacological class: Cardiac glycosides
1. Heart failure
- Aspen Pharma, Electronic medicines compendium (EMC), [Revised on April 2022] [Accessed on 5th Oct 2023] https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/5461/pil#gref
- Concordia Pharmaceuticals, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), [Revised on Dec 2016] [Accessed on 5th Oct 2023] https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/020405s013lbl.pdf
- Kd Tripathi, Essentials Of Medical Pharmacology, Cardiac Glycosides and Drugs for Heart Failure, 8th Edition, 2019, 556-566
- Goodman & Gilman's, The Pharmacological Basis Of Therapeutics, Therapy Of Heart Failure, 13th Edition, 2018, 538-539
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