Digoxin-quinidine-spironolactone interaction

Clin Pharmacol Ther. 1984 Jul;36(1):70-3. doi: 10.1038/clpt.1984.141.


Digoxin kinetics are substantially altered by quinidine and by spironolactone. We evaluated the effect of the combination of quinidine and spironolactone on digoxin kinetics and compared it to the effect on digoxin of each drug alone. Six normal subjects each received a 1.0-mg intravenous dose of digoxin alone, digoxin with quinidine, digoxin with spironolactone, and digoxin with both quinidine and spironolactone. Spironolactone and quinidine, alone and in combination, reduced digoxin systemic, renal, and nonrenal clearances and prolonged digoxin elimination t 1/2. A greater alteration in digoxin kinetics was induced by quinidine than by spironolactone, and an even greater effect resulted from the combination. We did not assess clinical consequences of the interaction. We advise reduction in digoxin dose, careful clinical evaluation, and measurement of serum digoxin concentrations when digoxin is used in combination with quinidine and spironolactone.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Creatinine / blood
  • Creatinine / urine
  • Digoxin / blood
  • Digoxin / metabolism*
  • Drug Interactions
  • Female
  • Half-Life
  • Humans
  • Kinetics
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quinidine / blood
  • Quinidine / pharmacology*
  • Spironolactone / pharmacology*


  • Spironolactone
  • Digoxin
  • Creatinine
  • Quinidine