Most health expert recommend six month of exclusive breastfeeding but statics suggest that numbers are not good, almost 95% mothers start breastfeeding but this number drops to 40% in first three month and further it drops to 15% till fifth month. Sometime its due to need of medication usage. Because of these statics its important to provide good information on safety of drugs in breastfeeding so that it can be improved when possible. In this FAQ sheet we will discuss about exposure to Digoxin Tablet while breastfeeding. We will also discuss about common side effects and warnings associated with Digoxin Tablet.
What is Digoxin Tablet used for?
Digoxin Tablets, USP are a cardiac glycoside indicated for: Treatment of mild to moderate heart failure in adults. (1.1) Increasing myocardial contractility in pediatric patients with heart failure. (1.2) Control of resting ventricular rate in patients with chronic atrial fibrillation in adults. (1.3) 1.1 Heart Failure in Adults Digoxin Tablets, USP are indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate heart failure in adults. Digoxin Tablets, USP increase left ventricular ejection fraction and improve heart failure symptoms as evidenced by improved exercise capacity and decreased heart failure-related hospitalizations and emergency care, while having no effect on mortality. Where possible, Digoxin Tablets, USP should be used in combination with a diuretic and an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor. 1.2 Heart Failure in Pediatric Patients Digoxin Tablets, USP increase myocardial contractility in pediatric patients with heart failure. 1.3 Atrial Fibrillation in Adults Digoxin Tablets, USP are indicated for the control of ventricular response rate in adult patients with chronic atrial fibrillation.
Is Digoxin Tablet usage safe while breastfeeding? If a lactating mother is using it can there be any effect on growth or development of infant?
Active ingredient in Digoxin Tablet is Digoxin and based on our analysis of Digoxin it appears that using Digoxin Tablet is safe in breastfeeding. Below is analysis of Digoxin while breastfeeding.
Statement of Manufacturer/Labeler about breastfeeding usage
8.3 Nursing Mothers Studies have shown that digoxin distributes into breast milk and that the milk-to-serum concentration ratio is approximately 0.6 to 0.9. However, the estimated exposure of a nursing infant to digoxin via breastfeeding is far below the usual infant maintenance dose. Therefore, this amount should have no pharmacologic effect upon the infant.
Digoxin Tablet Breastfeeding Analsys
CAS Number: 20830-75-5
American Academy of Pediatrics: Maternal Medication Usually Compatible With Breastfeeding.
Digoxin Tablet Breastfeeding Analsys - 2
CAS Number: 20830-75-5
Because of the low levels of digoxin in breastmilk, amounts ingested by the infant are small and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants. If the mother is to receive digoxin intravenously, avoidance of breastfeeding for 2 hours after the dose will lessen the dose the infant receives.
What should I do if already breastfed my kid after using Digoxin Tablet?
It is always a good idea to keep your healthcare provider or doctor informed about your drug usage during pregnancy and breastfeeding but if you have not informed your doctor about Digoxin Tablet and have used it then do not panic as Digoxin Tablet is mostly safe in breastfeeding and should not cause any harm to your baby.
I am nursing mother and my doctor has suggested me to use Digoxin Tablet, is it safe?
Usage of Digoxin Tablet is safe for nursing mothers and baby, No worries.
If I am using Digoxin Tablet, will my baby need extra monitoring?
Who can I talk to if I have questions about usage of Digoxin Tablet in breastfeeding?
National Womens Health and Breastfeeding Helpline: 800-994-9662 (TDD 888-220-5446) 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 0300-100-0212 9.30am to 9.30pm, daily
Association of Breastfeeding Mothers: 0300-330-5453
La Leche League: 0345-120-2918
The Breastfeeding Network supporter line in Bengali and Sylheti: 0300-456-2421
National Childbirth Trust (NCT): 0300-330-0700
National Breastfeeding Helpline: 1800-686-268 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Telehealth Ontario for breastfeeding: 1-866-797-0000 24 hours a day, 7 days a week