Acide 5'-adénylique, Adenine Nucleoside, Adénine Nucléoside, Adenine Riboside, Adénine Riboside, Adenosina, Adénosine, Adenosine Phosphate, Adenosine 5'-Triphosphate Disodium, Adenosine; Adenosine Monophosphate (AMP), Adénosine Monophosphate (AMP); Adenosine-5-monophosphate (A5MP), Adénosine-5-monophosphate (A5MP); Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP), Adénosine Diphosphate (ADP); Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP), Phosphate d'Adénosine.<br/><br/>


Overview Information

Adenosine is a chemical that is present in all human cells. People also use it for medicine. Adenosine comes in three different forms: adenosine, adenosine monophosphate (AMP), and adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

Adenosine is given intravenously by healthcare providers for treating surgical pain and nerve pain, pulmonary hypertension, and certain types of irregular heartbeat. It is also given for controlling blood pressure during anesthesia and surgery and for heart tests called cardiac stress tests.

AMP is taken by mouth to treat shingles (herpes zoster infection), erectile dysfunction, and a blood disorder called porphyria cutanea tarda. AMP is given by injection into the muscle (intramuscularly) for treating venous stasis ulcers, bursitis, pain and swollen tendons (tendonitis), itchiness, multiple sclerosis (MS), nerve pain, shingles (herpes zoster infection), cold sores (herpes labialis), and poor blood circulation.

ATP is used under the tongue to increase physical energy. It is also given intravenously (by IV) for treating acute kidney failure, multiple organ failure, high blood pressure in lung arteries (pulmonary hypertension), cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, weight loss associated with cancer, and controlling blood pressure during anesthesia and surgery. It is also used for cardiac stress tests.

Adenosine is also used topically for the treatment of male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia).

How does it 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.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Likely Effective for

  • Irregular heartbeat. Adenosine is used as a prescription-only intravenous medicine to treat certain kinds of irregular heartbeat.

Possibly Effective for

  • Weight loss in people with advanced cancer. Intravenous ATP seems to improve appetite, food intake, and quality of life in people with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer and other tumors.
  • Wounds, usually in the legs, due to poor circulation (venous stasis ulcers). Intramuscular AMP might relieve fluid retention, itchiness, swelling and redness due to venous stasis ulcers.

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). Early research shows that applying a solution of adenosine to the scalp two times daily for 6 months does not improve hair growth.
  • Cold sores (herpes labialis). Early research shows that AMP given by injection into the muscle might help treat cold sores.
  • Shingles (herpes zoster infection). Early research shows that AMP given by injection into the muscle might be effective for treating shingles and preventing the nerve pain from shingles.
  • Lung cancer. Early research shows that ATP does not help to treat non-small-cell lung cancer.
  • Nerve pain. Early research shows that injecting adenosine into the space around the spinal cord might improve nerve pain.
  • A blood disorder called porphyria cutanea tarda.
  • Bursitis.
  • Controlling blood pressure during anesthesia and surgery.
  • Cystic fibrosis.
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • High blood pressure in lung arteries (pulmonary hypertension).
  • Itchiness.
  • Kidney failure.
  • Lung cancer.
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • Organ failure.
  • Pain and swollen tendons (tendonitis).
  • Surgical pain.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of adenosine for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Adenosine is LIKELY SAFE for most people when given by intravenous (IV) injection by qualified healthcare providers. This form of adenosine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is POSSIBLY SAFE when given by injection by qualified healthcare providers. Adenosine monophosphate (AMP) is POSSIBLY SAFE when given by intramuscular injection (IM) by qualified healthcare providers. Injections of adenosine can cause breathing problems and chest pain, especially when given at high doses. Adenosine can also cause headache, heart pounding, low blood pressure, nausea, sweating, flushing, lightheadedness, sleep problems, coughing, and anxiety.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of adenosine during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Gout: ATP can raise the level of uric acid in the blood stream and in the urine. This might trigger a case of gout. Gout causes red, hot, tender, swollen joints. The joint that is most often affected is at the base of the big toe.

Heart disease: ATP can cause reduced blood flow to the heart and chest pain. It might worsen symptoms in patients with heart diseases such as chest pain and heart attack.



Major Interaction

Do not take this combination

  • Dipyridamole (Persantine) interacts with ADENOSINE

    The body breaks down adenosine to get rid of it. Dipyridamole (Persantine) can decrease the break down of adenosine. Decreasing the breakdown of adenosine can cause heart problems. Do not take adenosine if you are taking dipyridamole (Persantine).

Moderate Interaction

Be cautious with this combination

  • Carbamazepine (Tegretol) interacts with ADENOSINE

    Adenosine can slow down the heart beat. Taking carbamazepine (Tegretol) with adenosine might cause the heart to beat too slowly. Do not take adenosine if you are taking carbamazepine (Tegretol).

Minor Interaction

Be watchful with this combination

  • Medications for gout (Antigout drugs) interacts with ADENOSINE

    Gout is caused by a build-up of uric acid crystals in the joints. Adenosine can increase uric acid in the body and might reduce the effectiveness of medications for gout.<br><nb>Some medications for gout include allopurinol (Zyloprim), colchicine, probenecid (Benemid), and others.

  • Methylxanthines interacts with ADENOSINE

    Methylxanthines might block the affects of adenosine. Adenosine is often used by doctors to do a test on the heart. This test is called a cardiac stress test. Stop drinking black tea or other caffeine containing products at least 24 hours before a cardiac stress test.<br><nb>Methylxanthines include aminophylline, caffeine, and theophylline.



The following doses have been studied in scientific research:



  • For irregular heartbeat: Healthcare providers give adenosine as a shot (by injection).
  • For weight loss in people with advanced cancer: Healthcare providers give adenosine as a shot (by injection).
  • For wounds, usually in the legs, due to poor circulation (venous stasis ulcers): Healthcare providers give adenosine intramuscularly (by injection into the muscle).

View References


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