Adenosine

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How does Adenosine work?

Adenosine blocks faulty circuitry in the heart, which causes irregular heart rhythm. Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) might prevent changes in energy metabolism that cause weight loss in people with advanced cancer.

Are there safety concerns?

Adenosine appears to be safe for most people when given by injection (shot) by qualified healthcare givers. It can cause breathing problems and chest pain, particularly when given at high doses. Headache, heart pounding, low blood pressure, nausea, sweating, flushing, lightheadedness, sleep problems, coughing, and anxiety can also occur.

Do not take adenosine if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have gout.

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