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Doctor insights on: Red Yeast Rice Vs Niacin To Lower Cholesterol

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I am 34 years old, 365 pds, I take niacin, red yeast rice and fish oil, for high cholesterol, hbp at what age should I consider a asprian regimen?

I am 34 years old, 365 pds, I take niacin, red yeast rice and fish oil, for high cholesterol, hbp at what age should I consider a asprian regimen?

Probably 50: Because of your age, your risk is still on the low side, so instead of starting aspirin, you should do your best to lose weight. I know I am not offering groundbreaking news to you, but often we discount the most important thing that we can do and look for the esoteric. A 34 year old non-diabetic, does not need to be on aspirin, you need to lose weight, no matter what length you'd have to go to. ...Read more

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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

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What are the side effects of red yeast rice and niacin non flush?

What are the side effects of red yeast rice and niacin non flush?

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

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Will simvastatin 40mg and 1000mg of niacin and 2gs of fish oil and 1200mg of red yeast rice 1200mg help bring my cholestrol come down.

Will simvastatin 40mg and 1000mg of niacin and 2gs of fish oil and 1200mg of red yeast rice 1200mg help bring my cholestrol come down.

Yes, but: The fish oil, especially if epa, will reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol somewhat, there is also prescription fish oil vascepa, I would discontinue the niacin, statins reduce cholesterol. ...Read more

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I stopped taking 1200 red yeast rice after reading about post exercise pain. My muscle pain disappeared! Also take niacin otc. Take less ryr? Stop nia.

Possibly: Red yeast rice can cause the same side effects as statin-type cholesterol meds. Niacin has other side effects and should be taking only at the direction of your doctor. ...Read more

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I take a multivitamin plus vitamin c, d, all b's with niacin and fish oil, calcium, red yeast rice, should I take the vitamin magnesium with these & why?

I take a multivitamin plus vitamin c, d, all b's with niacin and fish oil, calcium, red yeast rice, should I take the vitamin magnesium with these & why?

I don't like it.: Truth be told, I don't like combining Niacin with the red yeast rice as they can both have toxic effects upon the liver. I hope you're having your liver blood enzyme levels monitored on that combination. Adding Magnesium to all of this is not my concern as I don't see any issue in that as long as your doses of all these other medications are not excessive. ...Read more

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Can I take red yeast plus a statin to lower cholesterol?

No: Not a good idea. Red yeast rice is actually a ministatin.- contains a small amount of lovastatin-the first marketed statin. It is not good to mix statins and the addition probably would not benefit you. ...Read more

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Red yeast to lower cholesterol. Better then prescription statins??

Red yeast to lower cholesterol. Better then prescription statins??

No: Red yeast contains lovastatin that's made naturally. Somebody's going to tell you that it's 'better' because it was grown in a lab rather than synthesized in a lab. That's your business. Cholesterol meds are life-and-death and if you want to take a preparation like red yeast that's not standardized, then that's your business. The key is that you are managing your cholseterol closely -- Good. ...Read more

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Is red yeast rice safe to use to control cholesterol?

Is red yeast rice safe to use to control cholesterol?

= 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 more

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Is red yeast rice effective for lowering cholesterol?

Is red yeast rice effective for lowering cholesterol?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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 more

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Also, does buffered niacin (or non-flushing niacin) work equally as well as regular niacin in helping to lower cholesterol & take w/ coumadin (warfarin)?

Also, does buffered niacin (or non-flushing niacin) work equally as well as regular niacin in helping to lower cholesterol & take w/ coumadin (warfarin)?

Non-flushing niacin: Most of studies have been done with regular Niacin which works well for lowering cholesterol. Due to flushing, regular Niacin has to be started at a very low dose and then grandually increased to avoid uncomfortable flushing. Studies suggest that Niacin is much better than non-flushing niacin. Check with your doctor concerning this and concerning affect with coumadin (warfarin). ...Read more

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What is best to take to lower cholesterol? Niacin, niacinamide, no-flush product? And how much?

What is best to take to lower cholesterol? Niacin, niacinamide, no-flush product? And how much?

Niacin is best: No-flush Niacin can either refer to a slow release preparation or inositol. Slow release preparations are better tolerated than immediate release products, but the lipid lowering effects are somewhat less potent than immediate or extended release niacin. For comparable efficacy a higher dose of slow release is usually needed. Inositol and niacinamide not improve lipids and should be avoided. ...Read more

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Niacin is supposed to lower your cholesterol not turn you red. What's the deal?

Niacin is supposed to lower your cholesterol not turn you red. What's the deal?

It's called flushing: This reaction to Niacin (nicotinic acid) is due to prostaglandin release (chemical mediators), which gives you the unpleasant sensation. It is a known side effect, it doesn't interfere with the cholesterol-lowering. Ways to minimize this include taking an Aspirin before-hand, or taking your Niacin with food. ...Read more

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Is it safe 2 tk 600mg red yeast rice 2 lower cholostral? I tk fish oil & powder called clean fiber. It lowered it but I heard tht red yeast is better

NO: Fish oil will have some effect on triglycerides and any fiber will block some cholesterol from being absorbed in the gut.
But you should not rely on any of these things to improve your cholesterol in any significant way.
First treatment is decent diet to lower LDL and exercise to increase hdl. Then, depending on other risk factors and levels you may need real meds. There is no proof on red yeast. ...Read more

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Red yeast good for lowering bad cholesterol?

Red yeast good for lowering bad cholesterol?

Needs testing: Red yeast rice may be appealing because it's "natural, " but you need to be careful. Experts have not studied it extensively. The ideal dosing and long-term safety are unclear. It could be dangerous for some people. And because the ingredients of different brands of red yeast rice extract might vary so much, it's hard to make firm statements about its effectiveness or safety. ...Read more

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Can you take milkthistle toclear the toxins in your liver and also take red yeast for your cholesterol?

Can you take milkthistle toclear the toxins in your liver and also take red yeast for your cholesterol?

It's your choice: Your liver naturally cleanses itself of toxins. Most (but not all) scientific studies on milk thistle even for real disease of the liver show no effect. "red yeast" actually contains lovastatin, identical to the pharmaceutical, and this is why it works. Given that you've got a heart stent, you may prefer a standardized preparation of a statin. ...Read more

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Is red yeast good for lowering bad cholesterol. Then the statins that can harm u in the long run???

Lovastatin: The red rice yeast produces lovastatin naturally. Your decisions about cholesterol need to be made in conference with your physician. If a statin is right for you, it's your business whether you use a standardized dose of a synthetic or guess the content produced by a microbe. The safety record and health benefits of statins used appropriately seem pretty good. Be discerning. ...Read more

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Red yeast vitamin good for bringing down cholesterol level?

Cholesterol: This otc supplement is touted as "good for cholesterol", whatever that means. Unfortunately as a dietary supplement they can make claims that are not regulated by the fda. With the newer guidelines for management of elevated cholesterol you should discuss with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Gp stopped Zetia (ezetimibe) and prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Gp stopped Zetia (ezetimibe) and prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

My opinion: There is a paucity of data to support taking red yeast although lowering cholesterol is a reported use. The real question is whether a 95 yo woman should be on anything for cholesterol. Imo, if you have hx of heart attack, stent or bypass, it's reasonable to stabilize plaque. If not, I wouldn't use it. (ie there's no indication for primary prevention in this age group). ...Read more

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History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Doc stopped zetia (ezetimibe)? And prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

History of high cholesterol (like sibs). Eat light, little meat. Doc stopped zetia (ezetimibe)? And prescribed red yeast. Is that ok for active, sharp 95yo woman?

My opinion: There is a paucity of data to support taking red yeast although lowering cholesterol is a reported use. The real question is whether a 95 yo woman should be on anything for cholesterol. Imo, if you have hx of heart attack, stent or bypass, it's reasonable to stabilize plaque. If not, I wouldn't use it. (ie there's no indication for primary prevention in this age group). ...Read more

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Mydrhas me taking red yeast rice 3 times a week to get rid of artherosclerotic changes in aortic arch. No high cholesterol no hi BP HDL is excellent l?

Mydrhas me taking red yeast rice 3 times a week to get rid of artherosclerotic changes in aortic arch. No high cholesterol no hi BP HDL is excellent l?

Consider alternative: Red yeast rice contains natural statins. Evidence suggests lowering cholesterol in women your age does more harm then good! See http://www. Naturalnews. Com/033975_high_cholesterol_heart_attacks. Html for things that are better proven to reverse atherosclerosis see http://www. Lef. Org/magazine/mag2007/jul2007_report_atherosclerosis_01.Htm
if you continue red yeast rice I advise taking coq10 with it. ...Read more

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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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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

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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?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects for red yeast rice?

Red yeast rice: Check this web site. Http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-925-Red%20Yeast%20Rice%20 (RED%20YEAST).aspx? ActiveIngredientId=925&activeIngredientName=Red%20Yeast%20Rice%20 (RED%20YEAST) ...Read more

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