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Serious risks of weight-loss drugs and anesthesia combination

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2023 | Accidents & Incidents

Some Illinois residents take weight loss drugs for various health reasons. Although these medications can have positive impacts on your life, they can also pose serious risks. It was discovered that weight loss drugs combined with anesthesia can be a bad mix.

Weight loss drugs and anesthesia

Recent studies revealed that weight loss drugs such as Wegovy and Ozempic, which are GLP-1 agonists, can cause complications in individuals who undergo surgery. Specifically, these medications can be dangerous when a person is administered anesthesia.

According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, anyone taking weight loss medications should stop taking them at least on the day they are slated to have surgery. However, those who take the drugs on a weekly basis should stop taking them at least one week prior to their surgery.

Doctors have a duty to warn patients about the risks; mixing weight loss drugs with anesthesia can lead to a patient aspirating food still left in their stomach. Aspiration can lead to serious lung damage; doctors can be held liable for medical malpractice if they don’t warn their patients.

Steps for preparing for surgery

If you take weight loss drugs and are scheduled to undergo surgery, it’s crucial to stop within the recommended time based on how often you take them. If you take them to lose weight and are concerned that you’ll overeat and regain what you’ve lost, it should be fine; it takes a month before you notice a difference.

On the other hand, if you take the medication to control your diabetes, you’ll have to switch to a different option; your doctor should recommend something that’s considered safe and that doesn’t counteract with anesthesia.

You should never suffer harm due to conflicting medications. If a doctor or other medical professional fails to warn of such effects and you suffer harm, it could be considered malpractice.