Red Yeast Rice

Safety Issues With Red Yeast Rice

The FDA considers any red yeast rice supplement that contains lovastatin an unapproved drug, not a dietary supplement. Such supplements can cause any of the problems seen with statin medications, including liver or muscle damage. Some people are more likely than others to experience problems with it. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking the supplement if you have:
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Risks of Red Yeast Rice for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)

What If I Take an Overdose?

It is not known what exactly to expect from an overdose with red yeast rice, but it is reasonable to assume that taking too much of this product may cause the usual side effects, but perhaps more severely.
(Click Red Yeast Rice Overdose for more information.)
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