What Is the Drug Lanoxin Used For?

Lanoxin® (digoxin) is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as cardiac glycosides. It comes in the form of a tablet or an injection, and is approved for use in both children and adults. But what is this drug used for?
 
Lanoxin is licensed for the treatment of:
 
 
However, Lanoxin is sometimes used for conditions it is not approved to treat. This is known as an "off-label" use. Some of these unapproved uses include treatment:
 
  • After a myocardial infarction (MI, or heart attack)
  • Certain complications of ventricular septal defects (a type of heart defect)
  • Other types of heart arrhythmias.
     
(To learn more about why people take this medication, click Lanoxin Uses. This article talks about how the drug performed in clinical trials and explains whether it is safe for children.)
 
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