Generic Name: lucinactant (loo SIN AK tant )
Brand Names: Surfaxin
What is Surfaxin?
Surfaxin (lucinactant) is a lung surface acting agent, or "surfactant." It helps the lungs function normally.
Surfaxin is used to treat or prevent respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in a premature baby whose lungs have not fully developed.
Surfaxin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Your baby will receive Surfaxin in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or similar hospital setting.
Surfaxin is given directly into the baby's lungs through a breathing tube that is also connected to a ventilator (a machine that moves air in and out of the lungs to help your baby breathe easier and get enough oxygen).
Surfaxin is similar to the natural fluid in the lungs that helps maintain effective breathing.
Your baby will remain under constant supervision during treatment.
Before using Surfaxin
To best participate in the care of your baby while he or she is in the NICU, carefully follow all instructions provided by your baby's caregivers.
How is Surfaxin given?
Surfaxin is given directly into the baby's lungs through a breathing tube. Your baby will receive this medication in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) or similar hospital setting.
The breathing tube is connected to a ventilator (a machine that moves air in and out of the lungs to help your baby breathe easier and get enough oxygen).
Surfaxin is given as soon as possible after the baby's birth, usually within 30 minutes.
Your baby's breathing, blood pressure, oxygen levels, and other vital signs will be watched closely during treatment with Surfaxin.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since Surfaxin is given as needed by a healthcare professional, it is not likely that your baby will miss a dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Since Surfaxin is given in a controlled medical setting by a healthcare professional, an overdose is not likely to occur. However, an overdose of Surfaxin is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.
What should I avoid?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions in feeding, medications, or activity after your baby has been treated with Surfaxin.
Surfaxin side effects
Surfaxin causes few side effects. There is a possibility that the baby will have breathing difficulties during treatment, and these problems may require further treatment by health care professionals. Your baby will remain under constant supervision during treatment with Surfaxin.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Surfaxin?
Your baby's caregivers will manage and monitor all medications given to your baby during treatment in the NICU. A drug interaction between Surfaxin and other medications is not expected to occur.
Do not give any medications to your baby that have not been prescribed by the baby's doctor. This includes vitamins, minerals, or herbal products.
Where can I get more information?
- Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about Surfaxin.
- Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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