Drug-Induced Pulmonary Toxicity Medication

Updated: Apr 09, 2019
  • Author: Klaus-Dieter Lessnau, MD, FCCP; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

Corticosteroid therapy is useful in treating some patients with drug-induced lung toxicity, but results can vary. Generally, most patients require inpatient, as well as outpatient, corticosteroid therapy.

Before starting any medication, patients should be educated about the potential adverse effects of the drug. Patients who develop drug toxicity should be advised to avoid the drug in the future.

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Corticosteroids

Class Summary

Corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory properties and cause profound and varied metabolic effects. Corticosteroids modify the body's immune response to diverse stimuli and minimize activity of inflammatory cells. They are used for disease modulation and symptomatic improvement.

Prednisone (Rayos)

An immunosuppressant used in the treatment of autoimmune disorders, prednisone has anti-inflammatory properties and produces both glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid effects. Therapy is best prescribed in consultation with a pulmonary disease specialist. No rigorous prospective trials have been performed in patients presenting with drug-induced lung toxicity.

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