On call: Do alcohol and statins mix?

Q. I'm 72 years old, with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I take HydroDiuril, Lipitor, and aspirin. I feel fine, but I want to know if I can drink red wine while I'm taking these medications.

A. It sounds like you are on a good combination of medications, with a thiazide diuretic (HydroDiuril) for hypertension, a statin drug (Lipitor) to lower your cholesterol, and aspirin to reduce your risk of heart attack. Even with these medications, of course, you should eat right, stay lean, exercise regularly, shun tobacco, and keep your stress under control. You should also be sure your medications are bringing your blood pressure and cholesterol down to the levels your doctor has set as a goal.

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