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What does "acute pulmonary hypersensitivity reaction" mean? Is it something really serious?

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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Pulmonary hypersens

Drug side effect; happens when a patient takes nitrofurantoin/macrobid for a urinary infection.
If a patient taking this medication starts to cough or get short of breath, they should stop the medication and be checked by a pulmonologist for this disorder. It can be very serious if not caught early. If caught right away, it will reverse. http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/puarticles/nitrofurant.htm.

In brief: Pulmonary hypersens

Drug side effect; happens when a patient takes nitrofurantoin/macrobid for a urinary infection.
If a patient taking this medication starts to cough or get short of breath, they should stop the medication and be checked by a pulmonologist for this disorder. It can be very serious if not caught early. If caught right away, it will reverse. http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/puarticles/nitrofurant.htm.
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