Overview

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 used as a prescription-only drug for a heart condition marked by episodes of rapid heart rate (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia). Adenosine, AMP, or ATP are also used for involuntary weight loss in people who are very ill, leg sores caused by weak blood circulation, male-pattern baldness, athletic performance, and many other conditions, but there is no good evidence to support most of these uses.

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.

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