Information about Poractant Alfa
Poractant Alfa Uses
Poractant Alfa is used for respiratory distress syndrome.
How Poractant Alfa works
Poractant Alfa is the surfactant given to premature babies to protect their lungs. The surfactant is a fatty substance that coats the inside or lining of the air sacs in the lungs. This coating prevents the air sacs from collapsing and sticking together when air leaves the lungs. The surfactant is produced by babies only after the 8th month of pregnancy.
Common side effects of Poractant Alfa
Pnemothorax (accumulation of air or gas in the chest or pleural space), Brain hemorrhage, Chronic lung disease, Hypoxia (decreased oxygen level in blood), Infection
Expert advice for Poractant Alfa
- Before starting poractant alfa treatment, infants should be treated for anemia, low blood pressure, chills, low blood sugar levels, acidosis.
- Tell the doctor or dentist that your child takes poractant alfa before your child receives any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Your child should be closely monitored for any signs of infection while receiving poractant alfa treatment.