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Adenosine

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Notes

    Related terms
    • U.S. Brand Names: Adenocard® IV;Adenoscan®
    • Canadian Brand Names: Adenocard®;Adenoscan®;Adenosine Injection, USP
    • Mexican Brand Names: Krenosin
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antiarrhythmic Agent, Miscellaneous;Diagnostic Agent

    Uses
    • This medicine is used to treat a fast heartbeat.
    • This medicine is used during a stress test of the heart.
    • Adenosine decreases the effects of chemicals on the heart. It slows the heart down.
    • It opens up the heart's blood vessels so that they can be seen more clearly.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • This medicine is given as a shot into a vein.

    Storage

    • This medicine will be given to you in a healthcare setting. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to adenosine or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
    • If you have a slow heartbeat without a working pacemaker.
    • Adenoscan®: If you have asthma.

    Precautions

    • If you have asthma, talk with healthcare provider.
    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • Adenoscan®: If you are taking aminophylline, dipyridamole, theophylline, or any medicine containing caffeine, talk with healthcare provider. These medicines can affect how well Adenoscan® works.
    • Adenoscan®: Do not eat or drink anything containing caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola, and chocolate) for 12 hours before using Adenoscan®.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Flushing.
    • Headache.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over several minutes from sitting or lying position. Be careful climbing.
    • Irritation where the shot is given.
    • Throat, neck, or jaw pain.
    • Low blood pressure.

    Monitoring

    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Irregular or slow heartbeat.
    • Chest pain or pressure.
    • Difficulty breathing.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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