Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Lipitor, Aspirin, and Red Wine

Friday, 13 April 2012 08:37 AM

Question:I take a blood pressure medication, the statin drug Lipitor, and a daily baby aspirin. Is it safe for me to drink a glass of red wine every day?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
The answer, generally, is yes. However, you should know that alcohol is related to liver disease. If you consume a lot of alcohol — generous amounts of alcohol — on a daily basis, your underlying liver disease worsens. Lipitor, in particular, can cause liver dysfunction, but you should have your liver function assessed before and after Lipitor therapy regardless of whether or not you drink.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines drinking in moderation as one alcoholic drink each day for women and two drinks for men. For wine, one drink is five ounces (148 mL). However, researchers who are studying the beneficial effects of alcohol suggest that red wine, in moderation, is thought of as heart healthy. So, if your liver function tests are normal despite being on Lipitor, one glass of red wine may not cause harm.
Baby aspirin has its beneficial effects. It helps prevent heart attack and stroke in most people by thinning the blood and stopping the formation of clots that block blood flow to the heart. Just a glass of red wine is unlikely to interfere with your medications.

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