Digitek is the brand name for the generic, digoxin (di-JOX-in). Digitek is used to treat conditions such as congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation (abnormal heartbeats), and fast heartbeats.
Congestive heart failure is diagnosed by weakness, edema, and shortness of breath that is caused by the inability of the heart to maintain adequate blood circulation in the peripheral tissues and the lungs.
Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib) is a common heart rhythm disorder caused by a problem in the conduction of electrical impulses in the upper chambers, or atria, of the heart. More than 2 million people in the U.S. have A Fib and an estimated 160,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. After age 65, between 3 percent and 5 percent of people have atrial fibrillation.
Digitek was recalled because the oral strength tablets were found to be double dosed with the active ingredient. This can and has impacted people taking Digitek with adverse side effects such as the risk of digitalis toxicity in patients with renal failure. Digitalis toxicity may cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, low blood pressure, cardiac instability, and bradycardia. Double dosed Digitek has caused death.
Digitalis toxicity is a complication of digitalis therapy, or it may be caused by an acute ingestion of digitalis. Digitalis is a medication prescribed to certain heart patients. Digitalis toxicity can be caused by high levels of digitalis in the body, or a decreased tolerance to the drug. Patients with decreased tolerance may have normal digitalis levels. Digitalis toxicity can occur from a single exposure or chronic overmedication, or it may occur in patients with normal blood levels of digitalis if other risks are present.
Risks include taking digitalis medications such as digoxin or digitoxin, along with medications that interact with digitalis such as quinidine, verapamil, amiodarone, and others.
Digitek is not the only brand of digoxin. Other brands such as Cardoxin, Lanoxicaps, Lanoxin – are not affected by the Digitek recall.
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