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Colorado Springs, CO
A 68-year-old female asked:

are there any side effects for red yeast rice?

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Dr. Sherry Broadwell
Clinical Psychology 23 years experience
Use caution: Red yeast rice was included on Consumer Report's recent list of "ingredients to always avoid." List was compiled based on review of research, and concluded that red yeast rice was among the ingredients whose benefit does not justify the risks, which includes kidney, muscle, and liver problems, hair loss, as well as magnification of effects of cholesterol lowering drugs. Please consult MD. Be well.

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Corryton, TN
A 61-year-old female asked:

My doctor has put me on red yeast rice. On the most recent bottle i purchased it recommended taking coenzyme q-10. What do you suggest?

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Dr. Bryan Levey
Pediatrics 27 years experience
They are...: ....Two different things. Red yeast rice is to lower cholesterol. Coq-10 is for cellular energy. It's likely it was on the bottle because the company that makes the red yeast rice you purchased also makes other products and would like you to buy those too. Coq-10 may have some usefulness in heart disease and high blood pressure, but it will not help lower cholesterol as far as i know.

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