Surfaxin

1 What is Surfaxin?

Brand: Surfaxin

Generic: Lucinactant

Surfaxin is a synthetic form of surfactant. It is used in the treatment of infant respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). RDS risks are higher in premature infants as their lungs are not that mature to make enough amount of surfactant.

The surfactant is naturally produced by lungs. It makes breathing effortlessly. It is available in the form of a solution and is only administered by a doctor or health care professional.

2 What to Know Before Using

If you are about to start Surfaxin, speak with your doctor about what you need to know.

Before starting the treatment your doctor should be informed about condition such as:

Allergy: Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.

Children: There are no adequate studies done which prove Lucinactant harmful effects in children.

Elderly: This medicine does not cause any different side effects or problem than it does in younger adults.

Drug Interactions: Lucinactant may interact with other drugs. Your doctor should be informed of any other medicines which you are taking. He may want to change the dosage or drug. Several other conditions may reduce its effectiveness.

Make sure you inform your doctor of conditions such as:

  • Airway blockage
  • Slow heart beat
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3 Proper Usage

Proper usage of Surfaxin requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. It is given through endotracheal breathing tube by a doctor or healthcare professional in a hospital.

4 Precautions to Take

If you take Surfaxin, your doctor should perform routine checkups and advise you in taking precautions.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Surfaxin. Some people may experience none or minor side effects.

Consult with your doctor if they become problematic or frequent:

More common are:

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.

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