Tricuspid Atresia Medication

Updated: Jul 14, 2022
  • Author: Mary C Mancini, MD, PhD, MMM; Chief Editor: Richard A Lange, MD, MBA  more...
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Medication Summary

Digitalis and diuretics are used to control the congestive heart failure present in patients with tricuspid atresia.

Consider digitalis to maintain sinus rhythm and improve cardiac contractility.

Diuretics are often administered to treat and prevent pulmonary edema.


Antiarrhythmics, inotropic agents

Class Summary

Improve ventricular contractility and maintain normal sinus rhythm.

Digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps)

Cardiac glycoside with direct inotropic effects in addition to indirect effects on the cardiovascular system. Acts directly on cardiac muscle, increasing myocardial systolic contractions. Indirect actions result in increased carotid sinus nerve activity and enhanced sympathetic withdrawal for any increase in mean arterial pressure.



Class Summary

Decrease circulating pulmonary blood volume.

Furosemide (Lasix)

Increases excretion of water by interfering with chloride-binding cotransport system, which in turn inhibits sodium and chloride reabsorption in ascending loop of Henle and distal renal tubule.

Individualize dose to patient. Depending on response, administer at increments of 20-40 mg, no sooner than 6-8 h after previous dose, until desired diuresis occurs. When treating infants, titrate with 1-mg/kg/dose increments until a satisfactory effect is achieved.