Discussions that mention pravachol

High Cholesterol board

I looked at the "prescribing information" leaflets (this is the package insert with the $10 words, not the patient information) prepared by the respective manufacturers of Zocor, Lipitor, Pravachol, and Crestor. You can read these for yourself. I can't give you the link here but Crestor is mfg. by Astra-Zeneca which has a web presence as do the other drugs' manufacturers.

Anyway, the leaflets all contain a caution against giving the drug in question to alcoholics (who may have already ruined their livers). The only other reference in this literature to alcohol consumption for any of these drugs is this phrase: "The drug should be used with caution in patients who consume substantial quantities of alcohol ".

Now we can debate what "substantial" means. I think substantial means more than a couple of drinks a day.