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Survanta Side Effects

Generic Name: beractant

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

For the Consumer

Applies to beractant: intratracheal suspension

There is a possibility that the baby will have breathing difficulties during the beractant (the active ingredient contained in Survanta) treatment, and these problems may require further treatment by health care professionals. Your baby will remain under constant supervision during treatment with beractant.

Tell your child's caregivers at once if the child has any of these serious side effects:

  • pale skin;

  • slow heartbeat;

  • breathing that stops;

  • urinating less than usual; or

  • blood in the urine.

Less serious side effects include:

  • noisy breathing;

  • feeding or bowel problems; or

  • bleeding around the endotracheal tube.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to beractant: intratracheal suspension


The most commonly reported adverse experiences were associated with the dosing procedure; transient bradycardia occurred with 11.9% of doses and oxygen desaturation occurred with 9.8% of doses.[Ref]


Very common (10% or more): Transient bradycardia (11.9%)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pallor, vasoconstriction, hypotension, hypertension, hypercarbia, hypocarbia
Frequency not reported: Tachycardia, ventricular tachycardia, aortic thrombosis, cardiac failure, cardio-respiratory arrest, increased apical pulse, persistent fetal circulation, air embolism, total anomalous pulmonary venous return[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Oxygen desaturation
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Apnea
Frequency not reported: Lung consolidation, blood from the endotracheal tube, deterioration after weaning, respiratory decompensation, subglottic stenosis, paralyzed diaphragm, respiratory failure[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Endotracheal tube reflux, endotracheal tube blockage
Frequency not reported: Abdominal distension, hemorrhage, intestinal perforations, volvulus, bowel infarct, feeding intolerance, stress ulcer[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Adrenal hemorrhage, inappropriate ADH secretion, hyperphosphatemia[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Coagulopathy, thrombocytopenia, disseminated intravascular coagulation[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hepatic failure[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Inguinal hernia[Ref]

Nervous system

Frequency not reported: Seizures[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Renal failure, hematuria[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Survanta Intratracheal (beractant)." Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.

It is possible that some side effects of Survanta 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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