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Is red rice yeast safe for someone who can't take statins due to joint pain? all the research says u.s only allows a trace of ingredient in them.

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Dr. James Strader
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: Ryr is safe; effectiveness is variable. But it's a decent option for patients intolerant of statin therapy.
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
RYR IS a statin. Since muscle pain is dose dependent, you may or may not tolerate it.
Nov 25, 2013
Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Depends: Ryr is a statin - it is not regulated by the fda. Statins do not cause joint pain or arthritis. They do cause muscle pain. The side effect is dose related. Smaller doses are often tolerated even in people who haven't tolerated a variety of statins at standard doses. Ryr may also cause muscle pain, depending on the amount you take and the concentration of statin in your batch.

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