Glucagon-like-peptide (GLP-1) receptor agonists and Anesthesia risks

November 20, 2023 |
Quality Prescribing Practices

GLP-1 receptor agonists are an increasingly popular class of medications for weight loss and diabetes management. Medical professionals need to be aware of the risks associated with the use of GLP-1 agonists in patients undergoing procedures involving anesthetics.

One mechanism of action of GLP-1 agonists is delayed gastric emptying, it can pose a potential risk of regurgitation/aspiration to the patient despite following the guidelines for preoperative fasting.

Dr. Christodoulou summarizes the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Consensus-Based Guidance on Preoperative GLP-1 Receptor Agonists Management.  

View the guidelines here