Digitalis Glycosides is often more known as Digoxin.

It is purified from cardiac glycoside and extracted from the foxglove plant.

This medication is sometimes used in a variety of Cardiac Conditions such as:

  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Heart Failure
  • and more

This medication is on the World Health Organization List of Essential medications.

There are some concerns that its general use long term may increase the risk of death.


  • Binds to Sodium-Potassium on the sarcolemmal membrane
  • This increases the sodium in the cell
  • This can slow the heart down
  • Must be mindful of digoxin toxicity

Digoxin was discovered by physician William Withering