A cardiac drug used in terminating PSVT involving reentry pathways that include the AV node or Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. For atrial flutter, atrial fibrillation, atrial or ventricular tachycardias, adenosine may produce transient AV block that may help identify the rhythm.
Potential complications: Common but transient - flushing, dyspnoea, chest pain, bradycardia, and ventricular ectopy. Theophylline (and caffeine) blocks adenosine's effects. Dipyridamole potentiates adenosine's effects. Use other agents to avoid these drug interactions.
(15 Mar 2000)
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