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General Information on Calfactant

Generic Name : Calfactant

Pronunciation : Kal-FACK-tant

Latest prescription information about Calfactant. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
Therapeutic Classification : Lung Surfactants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Calfactant

International- Infasurf.

Why is Calfactant Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an intratracheal suspension, prescribed for the prevention of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) in premature infants. Since it is similar to the natural fluid in the lungs, it helps in normal lung functions.

When should Calfactant not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Calfactant?

The recommended dose is 3 mL/kg birth weight. It has been administered every 12 hours for a total of up to 3 doses.

How should Calfactant be taken?

It comes as a suspension for intratracheal (introduced into the trachea) administration.

What are the warnings and precautions for Calfactant?

It should be administered under the supervision of well-trained person.

In some patients it may develop increased risk of intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and periventricular leukomalacia (PVL).

What are the side effects of Calfactant?

  Most Common: Blue baby, respiratory obstruction, slow heart rate, reflux of surfactant into the endotracheal tube and requirement for manual ventilation.
  Respiratory: Shortness of breath, sepsis, air leaks in lungs, bleeding in the lungs, tissue death and further worsening of condition.

What are the other precautions for Calfactant?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Calfactant?

Store it in refrigerator (2 to 8C), do not freeze it.

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