Adenosine injection is used in combination with Thallium-201 as a pharmacologic stress agent for myocardial perfusion scintigraphy in patients unable to undergo adequate exercise stress. adenosine works by dilating the arteries of the heart and increase blood flow to help identify coronary artery disease.

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  • adenosine
  • More common:
    Chest discomfort
    difficult or labored breathing
    lightheadedness or dizziness
    throat, neck, or jaw discomfort
    tightness in the chest
    Less common:
    Chest pain
    confusion
    dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
    fainting
    fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
    sweating
    troubled breathing
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Rare:
    Fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
    headache
    nervousness
    pounding in the ears
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with adenosine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common:
    Diarrhea
    feeling of warmth
    indigestion
    loss of appetite
    nausea or vomiting
    passing of gas
    redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
    stomach pain, fullness, or discomfort
    Rare:
    Area of decreased vision
    cough
    discomfort in the back, ears, or tongue
    drowsiness
    dry mouth
    metallic taste
    mood changes
    shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
    stuffy nose
    trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
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