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Digitalis toxicity

  • Symptoms
    • Confusion
    • Irregular pulse
    • Loss of appetite
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
    • Palpitations
    • Visual changes (unusual)
      • Blind spots in vision
      • Blurred vision
      • Changes in color perception
      • Halos or rings of light around objects
      • Seeing lights or bright spots

    Additional symptoms that may be associated with digitalis toxicity include:

    • Decreased consciousness
    • Decreased urine output
    • Difficulty breathing when lying down
    • Excessive nighttime urination
    • Overall swelling

    Signs and tests

    The heart rate may be rapid or slow and may be irregular.

    An ECG is done to check for irregular heart beats.

    Blood tests will be done to check:

    • BUN and creatinine (which help reveal kidney function)
    • Digoxin and digitoxin levels
    • Potassium level
    • Magnesium level

    See also:

    • Blood chemistry
    • Digoxin - test
    • Digitoxin - test