Hepatology International

, Volume 7, Supplement 2, pp 833–841 | Cite as

Pharmacological agents for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis

Review Article


The rationale for specific pharmacologic therapy in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is determined by the potential for disease progression and the difficulties, in many patients, to successfully implement diet and lifestyle changes in the long term. Because they correct insulin resistance, insulin-sensitizing agents are attractive candidates for the treatment of NASH. However, two randomized studies have shown that vitamin E, despite having no effect on insulin sensitivity, achieves interesting histological and biochemical efficacy. This review provides an insight into the therapeutic efficacy and safety issues of different pharmacological agents tested in human NASH.


Steatohepatitis Fibrosis Steatosis Glitazones Vitamin E Ursodesoxycholic acid Insulin resistance Oxidative stress Insulin sensitizers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Service d’Hépatologie et Gastro-entérologie, INSERM 1048 and Université Paul Sabatier, Hôpital PurpanCentre Hospitalier Universitaire de ToulouseToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Service d’Hépatologie et Gastro-entérologieHôpital PurpanToulouse Cedex 9France
  3. 3.INSERM U938, Hospital Pitié SalpêtrièreCdR Saint-Antoine and Université Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance
  4. 4.Service d’Hépatologie et Gastro-entérologieHôpital Pitié-SalpêtrièreParis Cedex 13France

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