Red Yeast Rice Dosage

Red Yeast Rice Dosage for High Cholesterol

Studies that used red yeast rice for treating high cholesterol usually used doses of 1200 mg twice a day. The particular product most of these studies used contained about 7 or 8 mg of lovastatin total per day. Other products may contain different amounts. Remember: Any red yeast rice product that contains lovastatin is considered an unapproved drug, which may potentially be unsafe in many situations, and any red yeast rice product that does not contain lovastatin probably has little effect on cholesterol.
It may be difficult, if not impossible, to tell whether your particular red yeast rice supplement contains lovastatin, as most companies are not willing to put this on the label because it may attract attention from the FDA.

General Information on Dosing With Red Yeast Rice

Considerations for people taking red yeast rice include the following
  • Reputable manufacturers make red yeast rice supplements that contain little or no lovastatin in order to comply with FDA regulations. This means that the companies that make it with lovastatin are probably not reputable because they are not following FDA rules and regulations. This creates a dilemma for consumers.
  • Red yeast rice products that are effective at treating high cholesterol contain lovastatin, a prescription statin medication. Many people take red yeast rice as a natural alternative to statin cholesterol medications, not realizing that red yeast rice contains a statin. Red yeast rice should be assumed to have all of the usual side effects and toxicities of statin medications.
  • If you have any chronic health problems or take any prescription medications, you should check with your healthcare provider before using red yeast rice.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your red yeast rice dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider.
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