On call: Do alcohol and statins mix?

Published: March, 2010

Q. I'm 72 years old, with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I take HydroDiuril and Lipitor. I feel fine, but I want to know if I can drink red wine while I'm taking these medications or should I be concerned about combining statins and alcohol?

A. It sounds like you are on a good combination of medications, with a thiazide diuretic (HydroDiuril) for hypertension and a statin drug (Lipitor) to lower your cholesterol. 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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