Name: Adenocard

Precautions While Using Adenocard

It is very important that your doctor check your progress very closely while you are receiving this medicine. This will allow your doctor to see if the medicine is working properly and to decide if you should continue to receive it.

Heart attack and death may occur after receiving this medicine. Make sure your doctor knows if you have any heart problems (eg, unstable angina or cardiovascular instability) before you have a heart stress test. Check with your doctor right away if you have chest pain or discomfort, nausea, pain or discomfort in arms, jaw, back or neck, sweating, or vomiting.

Do not take anything that contains caffeine before you receive this medicine. This includes medicines, foods, and beverages with caffeine, such as coffee, tea, and cola drinks.

Do not take other medicines unless they have been discussed with your doctor. This includes prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicines and herbal or vitamin supplements.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Adenocard, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Adenocard. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Adenocard (adenosine).

Review Date: October 4, 2017


Heart Block

Adenocard (adenosine injection) exerts its effect by decreasing conduction through the A-V node and may produce a short lasting first-, second- or third-degree heart block. Appropriate therapy should be instituted as needed. Patients who develop high-level block on one dose of Adenocard should not be given additional doses. Because of the very short half-life of adenosine, these effects are generally self-limiting. Appropriate resuscitative measures should be available.

Transient or prolonged episodes of asystole have been reported with fatal outcomes in some cases. Rarely, ventricular fibrillation has been reported following Adenocard administration, including both resuscitated and fatal events. In most instances, these cases were associated with the concomitant use of digoxin and, less frequently with digoxin and verapamil. Although no causal relationship or drug-drug interaction has been established, Adenocard should be used with caution in patients receiving digoxin or digoxin and verapamil in combination.

Arrhythmias at Time of Conversion

At the time of conversion to normal sinus rhythm, a variety of new rhythms may appear on the electrocardiogram. They generally last only a few seconds without intervention, and may take the form of premature ventricular contractions, atrial premature contractions, atrial fibrillation, sinus bradycardia, sinus tachycardia, skipped beats, and varying degrees of A-V nodal block. Such findings were seen in 55% of patients.


Adenocard (adenosine injection) is a respiratory stimulant (probably through activation of carotid body chemoreceptors) and intravenous administration in man has been shown to increase minute ventilation (Ve) and reduce arterial PCO2 causing respiratory alkalosis.

Adenosine administered by inhalation has been reported to cause bronchoconstriction in asthmatic patients, presumably due to mast cell degranulation and histamine release. These effects have not been observed in normal subjects. Adenocard has been administered to a limited number of patients with asthma and mild to moderate exacerbation of their symptoms has been reported. Respiratory compromise has occurred during adenosine infusion in patients with obstructive pulmonary disease. Adenocard should be used with caution in patients with obstructive lung disease not associated with bronchoconstriction (e.g., emphysema, bronchitis, etc.) and should be avoided in patients with bronchoconstriction or bronchospasm (e.g., asthma). Adenocard should be discontinued in any patient who develops severe respiratory difficulties.

Dosing & Uses

Dosage Forms & Strengths

injectable solution

  • 3mg/mL

Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia

Indicated for conversion to sinus rhythm of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), including that associated with accessory bypass tracts (Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome)

Adenocard: 6 mg IVP over 1-3 seconds (maybe given IO) followed by rapid flush with 20 mL NS, if no conversion within 1-2 minutes give 12 mg IVP, repeat a second time if necessary (30 mg total)

Dosing considerations

  • When clinically advisable for PSVT, appropriate vagal maneuvers (eg, Valsalva maneuver), should be attempted prior to adenosine administration

Stress Testing (Diagnostic)

Indicated as an adjunct to thallium-201 myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients unable to exercise adequately

Adenoscan: 140 mcg/kg/min IV infusion for 6 min 

Other Indications & Uses

Off-label: Sustained ventricular tachycardia (SVT)

Dosage Forms & Strengths

injectable solution

  • 3mg/mL

Paroxysmal Superventricular Tachycardia (per ACLS)

<50 kg: 0.05 to 0.1 mg/kg rapid IVP over 1-3 seconds or IO, no more than 0.3 mg/kg/dose, followed by rapid flush with > 5 mL 0.9% NaCl 

If necessary may give 2nd dose of 0.2 mg/kg IVP/IO, not to exceed cumulative dose of 12 mg

Elderly may experience more adverse effects from adenosine; they may be more sensitive

PSVT (Adenocard)

6 mg IVP over 1-3 seconds (maybe given IO) followed by rapid flush with 20 mL NS, if no conversion within 1-2 minutes give 12 mg IVP, repeat a second time if necessary (30 mg total)

Adenoscan (Diagnostic)

Stress testing (Adenoscan): 140 mcg/kg/min IV infusion for 6 min


  • Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

  • Cardinal Health, Inc.

  • Compumed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

  • Fujisawa Healthcare, Inc.