Adenosine A1 receptor antagonist improves intradialytic hypotension

Kidney Int. 2006 Mar;69(5):877-83. doi: 10.1038/


Intradialytic hypotension is a most frequent complication of hemodialysis and may contribute to cardiovascular events and high mortality. There is a hypothesis that an increase in adenosine generation during hemodialysis may cause vasodilation and a decrease in cardiac output, which results in systemic hypotension. We studied whether this can be blocked by an adenosine A1 receptor antagonist. We investigated the effects of an A1 antagonist, FK352, injection in 30 chronic hemodialysis patients with frequent intradialytic hypotension by a prospective, multicenter, double-blind placebo-controlled study for 4 weeks after 4 weeks of the observation period. Intradialytic hypotension was defined as systolic blood pressure (SBP) less than 110 mmHg, with SBP drop of more than 30 mmHg from the predialysis level. The efficacy of FK352 was primarily assessed by the reduction rate of dialysis hypotension between the FK352 and placebo groups. Incidence of emergency treatments caused by hypotension was evaluated. FK352 (50 mg, intravenous) or an equivalent placebo was injected into the dialysis circuit 1 h after starting dialysis. Blood pressure and heart rate were monitored every 30 min during dialysis. FK352 significantly improved intradialytic hypotension (P=0.046), in that the reduction rates of intradialytic hypotension in the FK352 and placebo groups were -12.8% (Q1 (first quantile), Q3 (third quantile): -27.5, -1.7), and +8.3% (Q1, Q3: -16.6, +16.7), respectively. The frequency of discontinuation of dialysis was significantly reduced by FK352. No apparent side effects were observed from treatment with FK352. In conclusion, the A1 antagonist FK352 may offer a novel therapeutic option for chronic dialysis patients associated with intradialytic hypotension.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine / physiology
  • Adenosine A1 Receptor Antagonists*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Double-Blind Method
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypotension / drug therapy*
  • Hypotension / etiology*
  • Hypotension / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Pyrazoles / pharmacokinetics
  • Pyrazoles / therapeutic use*
  • Pyridines / pharmacokinetics
  • Pyridines / therapeutic use*
  • Renal Dialysis / adverse effects*


  • Adenosine A1 Receptor Antagonists
  • FK 352
  • Pyrazoles
  • Pyridines
  • Adenosine