For many people, it may be safe to take Crestor and consume a moderate amount of alcohol. However, Crestor may not be recommended for people who consume large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis or for those who have liver disease. If you do decide to drink alcohol while taking Crestor, you should talk to your healthcare provider about this first.
Is It Safe to Combine Alcohol and Crestor?
People often wonder if consuming alcohol will affect the medications they take. For most people, a moderate intake of alcohol is unlikely to cause problems with Crestor® (rosuvastatincalcium). However, Crestor may not be a good choice for people who regularly consume large quantities of alcohol, or for people with long-term alcohol problems.
Problems With Crestor and Alcohol
The liver metabolizes Crestor. People with liver disease cannot metabolize this medication as well as normal, and this leads to abnormally high levels of Crestor in the blood. For this reason, people who currently have liver disease (including liver disease due to alcohol use) should not take Crestor. People with a history of liver problems or people who drink large amounts of alcohol should use Crestor with caution, and may require close monitoring to make sure problems do not occur.
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider
You should talk with your healthcare provider about alcohol consumption and Crestor. You and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. Based on what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision about your intake of alcohol while on Crestor. Keep in mind that there may also be other medical reasons why you should not consume alcohol.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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