Bariatric Surgery: Impact on Medication Management

Sardo, Pam; Walker, Jodi H.
February 2008
Hospital Pharmacy;Feb2008, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p113
Academic Journal
Purpose: Bariatric surgery requires permanent changes in the approach to administration of pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, and medical care. Summary: Bariatric surgery is currently recommended only for adolescents and adults who are severely overweight and have comorbid conditions. Often, obesity-related health problems improve or disappear after the weight is lost. As a life changing event, bariatric surgery requires permanent changes in the approach to health care. Postsurgical selection of medication will be quite different from therapeutic regimen options prior to surgery. In addition, bariatric surgery has resulted in reduction of medication intake associated with obesity-related comorbid disease. Patients will require detailed education to ensure awareness regarding medication-related precautions. Conclusion: Options described in this article will assist the health care team to individually tailor medications to meet the needs of the unique post-bariatric surgery patient population.


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