In April 2008, Actavis Towtowa recalled all lots of Digitek because of a manufacturing defect. The FDA reported that the Digitek defect could expose patients to double the amount of the active ingredient, possibly leading to serious and even fatal reactions.
A double-strength Digitek tablet can lead to digitalis toxicity in patients with kidney failure. Reduced kidney function allows digitalis to accumulate in the body instead of being flushed out through urine. Therefore, patients with kidney disorders have a higher risk of digitalis toxicity. Digitalis toxicity can cause:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Low blood pressure
- Irregular heart beat
- Heart palpitations
- Slow heartbeat
- Vision changes
- Decreased consciousness
- Difficulty breathing when lying down
Patients with heart failure are often give diuretics along with Digitek. Unfortunately, diuretics can lower potassium levels, which also puts the patient at risk for digitalis toxicity.
Manufactured by Actavis Towtowa, Digitek is a form of digitalis, a chemical that has been used as a heart medicine for centuries. The medicine is also sold as the generic digoxin by several companies. If you or a loved one suffered digitalis toxicity after taking Digitek or the generic digoxen, you may be eligible for compensation. Fill out our free case evaluation form today to speak with a Digitek lawyer near you.