A client with coronary artery disease who is taking digoxin
What should be monitored when taking digoxin?
A client taking digoxin (Lanoxin) for coronary artery disease gets a new prescription for atorvastatin (Lipitor). Two weeks after the client started taking Lipitor, the nurse checked on him. The most immediate intervention is Vomiting. Digitalis toxicity (DT) happens when you take too much of the heart medicine digitalis, which is also called digoxin or digitoxin. Signs of toxicity include nausea, vomiting, and an irregular heartbeat. It means that vomiting, not wanting to eat, and stomach pain are early signs of digitalis poisoning. Since Lipitor makes it more likely that digitalis poisoning will happen, the nurse needs to take action right away.