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According to the FDA, those who take atorvastatin (Lipitor) should use precaution when consuming alcohol. The FDA also warns about the consumption of alcohol while taking Lipitor if the person has a history of liver problems and/or liver disease. Always consult with your physician before consuming alcohol while taking Lipitor.

Side Effects

The FDA states that active liver disease is one contraindication of atorvastatin. For this reason, it is critical to talk with your doctor about your alcohol consumption before taking this drug.

Harvard Health states the following side effects could occur from consuming alcohol while taking atorvastatin:

  • Liver damage
  • Liver inflammation

These side effects may differ depending on the individual, as well as vary based on the amount of alcohol one consumes while taking this drug.

For more information about the potential side effects of atorvastatin, please visit our atorvastatin side effects page.


The FDA states that before taking Lipitor, you should let your doctor know if you consume more than two glasses of alcohol each day. Depending on your individual health profile, consuming alcohol while also taking Lipitor can have serious, and sometimes harmful, side effects.

For a more comprehensive list of interactions with atorvastatin, please visit our atorvastatin interactions page.

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