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