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Is it possible for me to drink beer while taking lovastatin?

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Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 23 years experience
Yes, but...: Just remember that Lovastatin is metabolized in the liver, which can be affected by alcohol. I would limit your drinking to no more than one alcoholic beverage per day. Be sure and tell you doctor so they can check your liver enzymes at your next blood draw.
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Also keep in mind that carbohydrate ingestion (beer is simple carbohydrates fermented into ethyl alcohol & still processed in the liver as a carbohydrate, some into triglyceride fats - i.e. promoting a beer belly) drives both triglycerides and Low Density Lipoprotein concentrations upward. Thus the lovastatin and beer are counteractive; beer driving LDL particles up, lovastatin hopefully down.
Nov 24, 2013
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 42 years experience
Also keep in mind that carbohydrate ingestion drives Low Density Lipoprotein concentrations to increase. The liver converts carbs, especially simple ones ingested rapidly, beyond small momentary need, into triglyceride fats (i.e. resulting in the beer belly). Beer is simple carbs fermented into ethyl alcohol; processed by liver as a carb. ↑Carbs: ↑triglycerides in LDL-particles & LDL-particles ↑.
Nov 24, 2013

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