A 38-year-old member asked:
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if i have to take lorazepan for lots of coughing and shortness of breath, could it be emphysema?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
54 years experience Cardiology
Maybe: The reasons for coughing and shortness of breath are many and to tell what the reason is in you requires examination and testing. You need a doctor to ask you questions, examine you, order appropriate tests, and then put all that together. Do you smoke? Do you have a fever? Are you more short of breath when you lie down? Answers to such questions can be very helpful.
Answered on Mar 14, 2019
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
See below: Lorazepam is not a medicine for coughing or shortness of breath. You may have asthma, emphysema or a number of other lung diseases. Get yourself checked by a pulmonary specialist. And if you smoke, stop - that will improve your symptoms.
Answered on Jul 4, 2014
Dr. Fernando Torres
26 years experience Pulmonology
Usually no: Emphysema is a specific lung disease caused by smoking. If you are not a smoker, it is unlikely to be emphysema. A simple cxr and a visit to your doctor will clear that concern for you. I would be more concerned of other illnesses that are treatable. But you need to see a doctor for this. The causes of cough, dyspnea on a young person need to be worked up.
Answered on Feb 21, 2013
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