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In an emergency, assist breathing as needed (see CPR) and get professional medical help.
Arrhythmias are treated according to which arrhythmia develops.
If toxicity is due to a recent, acute single exposure, treatment may involve:
Digitoxin blood levels may be lowered with repeated doses of charcoal, given after gastric lavage.
Methods to cause vomiting are usually not performed because vomiting can worsen slow heart rhythms.
In severe cases, medications called digoxin-specific antibodies may be prescribed. Hemodialysis may be required to reduce the levels of digitalis in the body.
The outcome varies depending on the extent of toxicity and arrhythmias that develop.
Call your health care provider if you are taking a digitalis medication and symptoms of digitalis toxicity develop.
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