Digoxin for Congenital Heart Defects
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine your child takes. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with the medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
- Usually the benefits of the medicine are more important than any minor side effects.
- Side effects may go away after your child takes the medicine for a while.
- If side effects still bother your child and you wonder if he or she should keep taking the medicine, call your doctor. He or she may be able to lower the dose or change the medicine. Do not suddenly have your child quit taking your medicine unless your doctor says to.
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if your child has:
- Trouble breathing.
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Overdose of digoxin (also called digoxin poisoning) can happen if your child has too much digoxin in the blood.
Call your doctor right away if your child has:
- Stomach problems, such as nausea.
- Loss of appetite.
- Loss of vision.
- Change in heartbeat (fast, slow, or irregular).
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Larry A. Latson, MD - Pediatric Cardiology