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Surfaxin Side Effects

Generic Name: lucinactant

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug lucinactant. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Surfaxin.

For the Consumer

Applies to lucinactant: intratracheal suspension

As well as its needed effects, lucinactant (the active ingredient contained in Surfaxin) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking lucinactant, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

More common:
  • Bluish lips or skin
  • cough
  • coughing up blood
  • fast heartbeat
  • fever or chills
  • pale skin
  • rapid, shallow breathing
  • shortness of breath
  • slow heartbeat
  • sneezing
  • troubled breathing
  • wheezing
Incidence not known:
  • Blue or white in color
  • heart may stop
  • no oxygen to lungs
  • patient unresponsive

Minor Side Effects

Some lucinactant side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

More common:
  • clay-colored stools
  • coma
  • convulsions
  • dark urine
  • decreased urine output
  • fruit-like breath odor
  • loss of appetite
  • rapid, deep breathing
  • rash
  • restlessness
  • sweating
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • vomiting of blood
  • yellow eyes or skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to lucinactant: intratracheal suspension


Very common (10% or more): Patent ductus arteriosus (up to 43%), hypotension (at least 10%), bradycardia (at least 10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pallor (up to 10%)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Necrotizing enterocolitis (up to 17%)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Anemia (at least 10%)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Jaundice (at least 10%)


Very common (10% or more): Metabolic acidosis (at least 10%), hyperglycemia (at least 10%), hyponatremia (at least 10%)[Ref]

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Intraventricular hemorrhage (up to 52%)
Common (1% to 10%): Periventricular leukomalacia (up to 10%)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Retinopathy of prematurity (up to 32%)[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Acquired sepsis (up to 45%)


Very common (10% or more): Apnea (up to 66%), endotracheal tube reflux (up to 27%), endotracheal tube obstruction (up to 16%), pulmonary air leak (up to 15%), oxygen desaturation (at least 10%), pneumonia (at least 10%)
Common (1% to 10%): Pulmonary hemorrhage (up to 10%), respiratory acidosis (up to 10%), pulmonary interstitial emphysema (up to 9%), pneumothorax (up to 4%)[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Surfaxin (lucinactant)." Discovery Laboratories Inc, Warrington, PA.

It is possible that some side effects of Surfaxin may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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