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Poractant Alfa Suspension

Our bodies need lung surfactant to keep the lungs open during breathing

Generic Name: poractant

Brand Names: Curosurf

What is this medicine?

PORACTANT ALFA is a lung surfactant. Our bodies need lung surfactant to keep the lungs open during breathing. This medicine is used to treat Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RDS) in babies who are born early.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to poractant alfa, pork products, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is applied to the lungs through a breathing tube. It is administered in a hospital by a specially trained health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as newborn for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • some inhaled antibiotics

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be watched closely while receiving this medicine.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • change in blood pressure
  • symptoms of infection
  • unusual bleeding

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • slowed heart rate

Where should I keep my medicine?

This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.

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.


Last Updated: January 11, 2008
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