Aspen Adenosine is used to treat a condition called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (including a condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome). This is when the heart beats too rapidly. If left untreated, this condition can be life threatening.
Aspen Adenosine can also be used as an aid to doctors to understand how your heart is working.
It works by slowing down the electrical impulses that control heart rhythm. This allows the heart rhythm to return to normal.
Aspen Adenosine is only given in hospitals. It is given to you as an injection. The effect of this medicine only lasts for a couple of minutes.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Aspen Adenosine has been prescribed for you.
Your doctor may have prescribed it for another use.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
There is no evidence that it is addictive.
You must not be given Aspen Adenosine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to:
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body; rash, itching or hives on the skin.
You must not be given this medicine if:
Talk to your doctor if you are not sure whether you should be given Aspen Adenosine.
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines, or any foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following conditions:
Tell doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Your doctor will discuss the benefits and possible risks of using Aspen Adenosine during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start being given Aspen Adenosine.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interfere with Aspen Adenosine. These include:
These medicines may be affected by Aspen Adenosine or affect how well it works.
Ask your doctor if you are not sure whether you should be given Aspen Adenosine.
Your doctor has more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while using this medicine.
Aspen Adenosine will be given to you in a hospital by a trained healthcare professional.
Your doctor will decide what dose of Aspen Adenosine you will receive. This depends on your condition. Usually you will only need one or several doses a few minutes apart.
Aspen Adenosine is given by injection either directly into a vein or via an intravenous (I.V.) line.
As Aspen Adenosine is given to you under the supervision of your doctor, it is very unlikely that you will be given too much.
However, tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you think you have received too much of this medicine.
Tell your doctor or nurse as soon as possible if you do not feel well during or after treatment with Aspen Adenosine.
This medicine helps most people who are treated with it, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
These side effects are usually mild and should only last a short time.
Tell your doctor or nurse immediately if you notice any of the following:
These may be serious side effects of Aspen Adenosine. You may need urgent medical attention. Serious side effects are uncommon.
If any of the following happen, stop receiving this medicine and tell your doctor immediately:
These are very serious side effects. If you have them, you may have had a serious allergic reaction to Aspen Adenosine. You may need urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell, even if you think the problems are not connected with this medicine and are not referred to in this leaflet
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people.
Do not be alarmed by this list of side effects.
You may not experience any of them.
Aspen Adenosine comes as a clear, colourless, sterile solution in a glass vial.
Available in packs of 6.
Do not refrigerate.
Aspen Adenosine should be protected from light and kept in a cool dry place where the temperature does not exceed 30°C.
It will be stored in the pharmacy or on the ward.
Each vial contains 6 mg adenosine per 2 mL.
Aspen Adenosine does not contain lactose, gluten, sucrose, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd
34-36 Chandos St
St Leonards NSW 2065
Australian Registration Number:
AUST R 152014
This leaflet was revised in March 2010.