Digitalis Glycosides

  • Bruno Mégarbane
Reference work entry


The medical use of cardiac glycosides began in 1785 with the publication of Withering’s monograph on the therapeutic efficacy and toxicity of the leaves of the common foxglove plant,. Various glycosides including digitoxin and ouabain were then extracted from plants, and digitalis glycosides have been widely prescribed for more than 230 years.


Digitalis glycosides Cardiac glycosides Digitalis purpurea Digitoxin Ouabain Digitalis poisoning Oleander Convallaria majalis Lily of the valley Convallarin Convallamarin Convallatoxin Bufo toad Magnesium Anti-digoxin-specific Fab fragments 



The author would like to thank Prof. Frédéric Lapostolle who contributed to the first version of this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medical and Toxicological Critical Care, Lariboisière HospitalParis-Diderot UniversityParisFrance

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