* *ADVISORY* *Red yeast rice has the same side effects, interactions, and precautions as prescribed statins. If you take red yeast rice, you must work with your medical provider to monitor the potential side effects and cholesterol lowering effects.
DOSAGE:The dosage of red yeast rice depends on the manufacturer’s method of preparation. We recommend following the instructions on the label.
CONCLUSION:We conclude that red yeast rice is a safe and effective product for lowering total and LDL cholesterol. Although red yeast rice does lower cholesterol, there are no documented advantages to its use over prescribed statins. Our team therefore recommends prescribed statins over red yeast rice due to cost, side effects, ingredient consistency, and concerns of citrinin toxicity. If you use it, select a product that is high in lovastatin and documented to be citrinin-free and remember to include it in your list of medications when you visit your doctor and other health care providers.
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