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Drug-Induced Pulmonary Disease

By Harold R. Collard, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco

Drug-induced pulmonary disease is not a single disorder. Many drugs can cause lung problems in people who have no other lung disorders. The type of problem depends on the drug involved, but many of the drugs are thought to cause an allergic-type reaction.

Depending on the drug, people develop cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, or other lung symptoms.

Diagnosis and treatment are the same, stopping the drug and observing whether the person's symptoms lessen.

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