Can you mix alcohol and statins? NHS issues ‘serious’ health warning to Britons

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Can you mix alcohol and statins? NHS issues ‘serious’ health warning to Britons

Does low-dose alcohol increase the likelihood that a statin will cause liver inflammation? A 2006 Harvard study evaluated the question in 1,244 men wh

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Does low-dose alcohol increase the likelihood that a statin will cause liver inflammation? A 2006 Harvard study evaluated the question in 1,244 men who had undergone coronary artery bypass surgery.

The men were randomly assigned to take low or high-dose lovastatin (Mevacor — the first statin drug). Among the 345 men on high doses, there was no effect of alcohol on the risk of liver inflammation, even in the men who averaged more than two drinks a day.

“Statins are medications. Alcohol is not. Despite this difference, they share an important proviso: each should be used responsibly. And if you do that, you can have your wine and your statin, too,” adds Harvard Health.

What are the side effects of taking statins?

Like all medicines, statins can cause side effects. But most people tolerate them well and do not have any problems.

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Source: | This article first appeared on Express.co.uk

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