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How to Take Statins With Alcohol

Updated July 18, 2017

Statin medications are used to lower cholesterol. Examples of statins include atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol) and rosuvastatin (Crestor). Taking a statin may increase your liver enzymes. Liver problems can develop without symptoms, and you may not know that a problem is occurring. For this reason, anyone who takes statins should have their liver function tested periodically and should abstain from drinking large quantities of alcohol.

Don't drink large amounts of alcohol if you take a statin. You may be able to drink a moderate amount of alcohol if you don't have liver problems.

Talk to your doctor about combining alcohol and statins. Based on your health status, you and your doctor can make a decision about your intake of alcohol while you're taking statin medications.

If you drink large amounts of alcohol, or if you have a history of liver problems, you should use statins with caution.

Ask your doctor to do liver function tests periodically to assess the health of your liver.

Warning

Serious side effects from taking statins can include liver damage and muscle problems. If you experience side effects, talk to your doctor about decreasing your dose or trying a different statin. Make sure your statin doesn't interact with any other prescription or over-the-counter medications or supplements you take. Once you begin to take a statin, you'll probably need to take it for the rest of your life. Don't stop taking your statin without consulting your doctor.

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Jacqueline Trovato is a published writer with more than 25 years' experience in marketing communications and public relations. She specializes in health care communications. She holds a Bachelor of Science in education with a minor in psychology from James Madison University.