Digitek is a prescription drug that helps the heart beat more strongly and regularly. Most commonly, Digitek is used to treat congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and atrial flutter. However, on occasion, Digitek is used to treat other heart conditions as well.
Digitek is a form of digitalis, a chemical derived from the foxglove plant. Digitalis has been used as a heart medicine since the 18th century and is sold generically as digoxin under several trade names. Besides Digitek, digoxin is also commonly marketed under the trade names Lanoxin and Lanoxicaps.
Digitek has a narrow therapeutic index, meaning the blood level of the drug needed to be effective is quite close to the level that causes unwanted side effects. As a result, Digitek patients must be monitored closely by a doctor and may be required to take periodic blood tests to check the digoxin level in the blood. Side effects that may indicate that a patient’s Digitek dose is too high and should be reduced include:
Dangerous Drug Alert
- loss of appetite
- visual disturbances
On April 25, 2008, a nationwide recall was issued for all Digitek tablets distributed by Mylan Pharmaceuticals and sold under the labels “Bertek” and “UDL.” According to Digitek’s maker, a manufacturing defect may have caused double-strength Digitek tablets to be released to the public.
Although very little information is available about the scope of the Digitek problems, the Digitek recall is classified as a class I recall, meaning that the defective Digitek tables could cause serious health problems or death. In addition, it is estimated that up to 50 percent of the Digitek currently on the market could contain a dangerous double-dose.
A double-strength Digitek tablet poses a serious risk of digitalis toxicity in patients suffering from renal failure. Digitalis toxicity may be life-threatening and can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, confusion, loss of appetite, low blood pressure, cardiac instability and irregular pulse, heart palpitations, and bradycardia.
If you or a family member took Digitek and experienced a serious side effect, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Please contact us today to learn more.