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New Delhi, Oct 30 (ANI): Researchers of a recent study have found that the side effects of drugs in lungs are more widespread than thought. Research by The University of Manchester has been published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine. Though the 27 drugs treating a range of conditions including arthritis, cancer and the heart are successful for most patients, doctors, according to the team - need to be more aware of the potential risks to their respiratory systems. Though Drug-Induced Interstitial Lung Disease (DIILD) can cause difficulty in breathing, inflammation and fibrosis, the risk sometimes only becomes apparent after the drugs have been in use for some years. Though the team said clinicians are hindered because most of the papers they reviewed were of low or very low quality. Steroids were the most common drug used to treat DIILD, but no studies examined their effect on the outcome. Dr Nazia Chaudhuri of The University of Manchester, said, "Doctors need to be aware and vigilant to the possible lung toxicities and harm that can be caused by some drugs. With newer drugs coming on the market this is an increasing yet under recognised problem and we need better ways of detecting these side effects before they cause harm."

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