The use of drugs in patients who have undergone bariatric surgery

de Sousa Prado Geraldo, Mariana; Affonso Fonseca, Fernando Luiz; de Fatima Veiga Gouveia, Marisa Regina; Feder, David
May 2014
International Journal of General Medicine;2014, Vol. 7, p219
Academic Journal
According to the World Health Organization, obesity has become an epidemic in the 21st century affecting around 300 million people of all ages worldwide. Clinical treatment modalities for this disease are limited and ineffective when it comes to morbidly obese patients (body mass index - the weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared - surpasses 40 kg/m²). Therefore, the alternative, surgical treatment, is the best option for these patients, namely gastric restrictive procedures or an intestinal bypass culminating in a malabsorptive syndrome. In the past 20 years, there has been a 70% increase in the number of bariatric procedures all over the world. The main pharmacokinetic consequence observed in the postoperative period of these individuals is a higher or lower absorption of orally administered drugs.


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