People should stop taking the obesity drugs Ozempic and Wegovy – News Block

In this photo illustration, a box of the diabetes medication Ozempic rests on a pharmacy counter on April 17, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

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People taking diabetes and weight-loss medications such as new nordiskOzempic and Wegovy should stop taking them before undergoing elective surgery to reduce the risk of serious health complications, a leading group of doctors said.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists, an organization of more than 53,000 physicians dedicated to anesthesiology, released interim guidance with that suggestion Thursday night.

The guidance is intended to help physicians manage patients on those medications who are scheduled to undergo elective surgeries, which are…

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