Adenosine for the Management of Neonatal and Pediatric Supraventricular Tachycardia

Contributing Editor: Marcia L. Buck, Pharm.D.; Editorial Board: Kristi N. Hofer, Pharm.D.; Michelle W. McCarthy, Pharm.D.


Pediatr Pharm. 2008;14(8) 

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Twenty years of clinical experience have shown that adenosine is a valuable tool in the management of SVT in infants and children. At an initial dose of 0.1 mg/kg, with titration as needed, adenosine is both effective and safe for most patients. Although rare, adenosine can produce severe heart block or asystole. Careful patient evaluation and close monitoring both during and after adenosine administration are necessary to ensure optimal patient response.


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