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Drug-Induced Pulmonary Disease

Alternate Names : Medication-Induced Pulmonary Disease, Drug-Induced Lung Disease

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Drug-induced pulmonary disease is any lung disease that is directly caused by a drug or medication.

What is going on in the body?

Certain medications can cause lung disease as an unwanted side effect. Problems can range from mild to severe. They may include a dry irritating cough, excess fluid in the lungs known as pulmonary edema, asthma attacks and other conditions. Drug-induced lung disease is usually reversible. However, lung damage may be permanent in some cases.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

Several drugs have the potential to cause lung problems. Some common ones include:

  • some types of blood pressure medications
  • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • some types of antibiotics
  • certain chemotherapy medications, used to treat cancer or suppress the immune system
  • heroin, cocaine and other illegal drugs
  • some types of heart medications


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    Drug-Induced Pulmonary Disease: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Adam Brochert, MD
    Reviewer: H. William Kelly, PharmD
    Date Reviewed: 09/20/01

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