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Red Yeast Rice Extract Medication
Is red yeast rice safe to use for lowering my LDL . And should I be taking some other drug to counter act the side effects, if any?
Depends on brand...: Red yeast rice contains several natural forms of a class of drugs called statins. Lipitor, (atorvastatin) zocor, Crestor are all statins. The safety profile is similar to these prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies put pressure on the fda to put pressure on nutraceutical companies to remove the active ingredient. Herbal actives by nature's plus still contains it, others do not. Coq10, 300mg for s.E.'s. ...Read more
Which statin drug is less prone to muscle pain as side effect. Had this problem with red rice yeast?
pravastatin: Although by far not the strongest least side effects. ...Read more
Depends : Some strains make lovastatin, identical to the pharmaceutical. Other strains are worthless. Cholesterol is a serious matter. Good luck and make the right choice ...Read more
Red yeast rice: Red yeast rice contains monacolin k -- also known as lovastatin, the active ingredient in the lipid lowering drug mevacor. It's a puzzle: red yeast rice is a traditional remedy that helps lower cholesterol. But, the pharmaceutical manufacturer of Mevacor argues that it owns the rights to the ingredient lovastatin. Your insurer will probably cover mevacor, but not red yeast rice. :-). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
= lovastatin/Mevacor: Red yeast rice contains a small amount of naturally occuring substance called lovastatin, which is available in prescription Mevacor or generic lovastatin. It is considered a pretty safe medication for cholesterol, but regular monitoring is recommended to ensure safety and effecacy etc... If you are using it, don't over do it and make sure to inform your doc... Good luck. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
How long can I take red yeast rice for cholesterol? I've heard the body can become dependent on it and your cholesterol will spike if you stop.
Indefinite: Red yeast rice contains a very low dose of the drug, lovastatin. This is a member of the statin family of cholesterol medicines. Studies have been done showing that statins can be well-tolerated and remain effective for many years. The cholesterol levels will go back up when statins are stopped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: Ryr can cause abdominal pain, allergic reaction, dizziness, liver and muscle inflammation with muscular pain, flatulance (gas), stomach pain, and headache. Aside from flushing, Niacin can cause liver damage, itching, low blood pressure, upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, gout, rashes, headache, diabetes, liver inflammation, and blurred vision. ...Read more
Caution: Red yeast rice is actually the plant where statins were derived from and consuming too much, along with a sensitivity to statins, can lead to the same myopathic pattern people get from taking statins. I would recommend seeing your physician and holding off on the red yeast rice until he can check for enzymes from muscle damage. Best of luck! ...Read more
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I am not sick but i want to reduce my cholestrol level. can i buy Red yeast rice over the counter?
Red Yeast Rice: Red yeast rice is a substance that's extracted from rice that's been fermented with a type of yeast called Monascus purpureus. It's been used in China and other Asian countries for centuries as a traditional medicine and is said to lower cholesterol, but am unaware of any controlled studies. It can be purchased OTC. ...Read more
I have been advised to go on a low oxalate diet for vulvadynia. Does red yeast rice contain oxalates?
No data: You're more than welcome to go on this diet, so there's no data to show that this diet has been proven to help women with your condition. The answer to your question regarding the oxalate content of the rice you speak of can be found on the internet. Great resource for vulvodynia is the v book by elizabeth stewart. ...Read more
What wd be a better choice, besides a good diet, 4 lowering cholesterol & geting your HDL & LDS better. Red Rice Yeast or Polycolsonol 20mg /one day?
Dean Ornish, MD: The Ornish Diet causes significant lowering of abnormal lipids and causes reduction in plaque by 5 years. It is a 10% diet and has proven better, with mucho better support than other more recent supplements and drugs. Plus you save money and learn all the other things to do to reverse disease in blood vessels and heart. Good luck. ...Read more
Red yeast rice: Yes , these may be taken together. ...Read more
Should i still take cholestoff and red yeast rice to reduce cholesterol level when just taking in liquids?
?clear liquids: If your liquids are clear liquids, there's no need to take cholesterol lowering medicine, but if your liquids include milk or cream based soups, you do. ...Read more
Can I take red yeast rice 600 mg daily along with sertraline 350 mg and Tricor (fenofibrate) 48 mg?
Drug Interactions: Drug interactions can occur with combinations of prescription SSRI with certain statins, including those found in naturally occurring Red Yeast Rice. It is best to avoid Red yeast rice and ask MD to use a non-interacting statin. Consider using magnesium, vitamin D & omega fish oils (www.cardiamin.com, use code: CMC), to lower lipids and help with depression & anxiety. ...Read more
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