Adenocard (Adenosine)

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Adenocard (Adenosine)

ADENOCARD is a injectable medication used to treat a condition called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (rapid rhythm of the heart).

Warnings and Precautions

BEFORE ADENOCARD is given be sure to tell your doctor:

  • If you have a history of heart problems such as heart block or atrial fibrillation/flutter (fast heart beat or palpitations)

  • If you have asthma or other lung diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

  • About all other health conditions you have now, or have had in the past

  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant

Side Effects

The most common side effects of ADENOCARD include facial flushing, dyspnea (shortness of breath), chest pressure, and nausea. These side effects start immediately after ADENOCARD is given and usually last less than one minute.

Other side effects include: headache, sweating, palpitations, chest pain, hypotension (less than 1%), a variety of arrhythmias and conduction disturbances were observed in about 55% of patients at the time of conversion, hyperventilation, head pressure, lightheadedness, dizziness, tingling in arms, numbness, apprehension, blurred vision, burning sensation, heaviness in arms, neck and back pain, metallic taste, tightness in throat, pressure in groin.

In addition to the above reports, the below adverse events listed have been reported post marketing: Prolonged asystole (cardiac arrest), transient increase in blood pressure and bronchospasm (sudden constriction of the muscles in the walls of bronchioles).

Interactions with this medication

ADENOCARD and other medicines may interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription medicines, over the counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. In particular you should tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

  • Digoxin

  • Verapamil

  • Methylxanthines, such as theophylline and caffeine (present in many foods and drinks such as coffee, tea and chocolate)

  • Dipyridamole

  • Carbamazepine

Proper Use of this medication


No cases of overdose associated with the use of ADENOCARD have been reported. If you feel you have been given too much medication, discuss it with your doctor.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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