Questions About Taking Lipitor With Flaxseed And Alcohol

In our latest question and answer, the pharmacist discusses taking Lipitor with flaxseed and alcoholic beverages.


Is it safe to take flaxseed with Lipitor (atorvastatin)? How about drinking alcohol while taking atorvastatin?

Asked by MLM On Feb 01, 2023

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Medical Content Reviewed By HelloPharmacist Staff

Published Feb 03, 2023
Last updated Apr 10, 2024

Key points

  • Taking flaxseed with Lipitor is considered safe and may help lower cholesterol levels. There is no known interaction.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Lipitor is generally safe in moderation, but caution should be taken if you have a pre-existing liver injury or drink to excess as this can increase the risk of liver damage and serious side effects.
  • If you have a history of liver problems or regularly drink too much (more than two drinks per day), it is recommended to talk to your doctor before drinking alcohol while taking Lipitor.


Thanks for reaching out to us! There is no known interaction between flaxseed and Lipitor (atorvastatin). They are considered safe to take together.

In fact, several studies, such as one published in the Journal of Nutrition, have reported that flaxseed (and flaxseed oil) may help reduce cholesterol levels, so can be a healthy addition to your diet.

However, in regard to combining Lipitor and alcohol, you need to be a little more cautious.

Lipitor With Alcohol

Drinking alcohol while taking Lipitor is generally considered safe if consumed in moderation but it is important to exercise caution if you have a pre-existing liver injury or if you drink to excess. Drinking alcohol to excess can increase the risk of liver damage, and combining alcohol with Lipitor may worsen this risk.

Additionally, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can increase the risk of serious side effects from Lipitor, including muscle weakness and liver damage. 

The prescribing information for Lipitor states the following regarding alcohol consumption:

LIPITOR should be used with caution in patients who consume substantial quantities of alcohol and/or have a history of liver disease. Active liver disease or unexplained persistent transaminase elevations are contraindications to the use of LIPITOR.
Lipitor Prescribing Information

The prescribing information goes on to say that before you start Lipitor, you should talk to your doctor if you have more than 2 alcoholic beverages per day or have a liver injury or condition that decreases its function.

So, overall, if you have an occasional alcoholic beverage and have no liver problems, that is likely safe while taking Lipitor. If you have an existing liver problem or have a history of drinking too much, I'd abstain from alcohol consumption.

Final Words

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  • Lipitor Prescribing Information, AccessFDA
  • Dietary flaxseed independently lowers circulating cholesterol and lowers it beyond the effects of cholesterol-lowering medications alone in patients with peripheral artery disease, PubMed

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