The occurrence of adverse side effects with Digitek, a prescription drug that helps the heart beat more strongly and regularly, is common. This is because 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 drug level in the blood.

With Digitek, adverse side effects are concentration-dependent, meaning the occurrence of side effects is directly related to the concentration of Digitek in the blood. In fact, adverse side effects are extremely rare in Digitek patients with low levels of the drug in their blood. In addition, side effects are more common in patients with low potassium levels (hypokalemia). Common Digitek side effects may include:

  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • drowsiness
  • vision changes (blurred or yellow)
  • rash
  • irregular heartbeat

Digitek may also cause numerous severe side effects. Digitek patients who experience severe side effects should stop using the drug and contact a doctor immediately. These severe side effects may include:

  • upset stomach
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • loss of appetite
  • swelling of the feet or hands
  • unusual weight gain
  • difficulty breathing

Defective Digitek Side Effects

On April 25, 2008, a 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. Double-strength Digitek pills pose a risk of digitalis toxicity, a potentially fatal condition. Side effects associated with digitalis toxicity include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • low blood pressure
  • cardiac instability
  • slow heart rate
  • death

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.

Published November 17, 2011 by