What is the importance of prior medication use in the history of restrictive lung disease?

Updated: Sep 16, 2020
  • Author: Jonathan Robert Caronia, DO; Chief Editor: John J Oppenheimer, MD  more...
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A detailed history of previously used medications is needed to exclude the possibility of drug-induced lung disease. These commonly used drugs are nitrofurantoin, amiodarone, gold, sulfonamides, thiazides, isoniazid, chemotherapeutic agents (eg, bleomycin, busulfan, cyclophosphamide, methotrexate), procainamide, and hydralazine.

Radiation may also cause pneumonitis and fibrosis.

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