Is Fatty Liver Disease Caused By Certain Medications

The condition of Fatty Liver occurs when the fat in the liver reaches 5-10% of the total weight of the organ. The most common causes of Fatty Liver are high consumption of alcohol and diabetes. However there are certain medications that cause Fatty Liver disease. These medications are often used to treat very serious conditions and some of the most common of these are discussed below.

Tamoxifen

This is used by patients who are fighting breast cancer as it decreases the production of estrogen. It is a drug that is largely metabolised in the liver.

Methotrexate

This drug is also metabolised in the liver. It affects the metabolism of all cells and can be used to treat a whole range of conditions such as psoriasis, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

Diltiazem

This drug is taken by people who suffer from angina and high blood pressure and it helps to prevent spasms that may occur in the heart. The drug is thought to increase the amount of fat that may accumulate in the liver.

Amiodarone

Like most other drugs that may contribute to Fatty Liver disease, Amiodarone is also metabolised in the liver. It is a drug that is used to treat abnormal heart rhythms.

If you have any concerns about the risk of Fatty Liver disease from the medication that you are taking then you should speak to your doctor. The danger of developing Fatty Liver disease from medication is very low but there are cases of it happening.