Red yeast rice has been used for lowering cholesterol levels.Some supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
How to use Red Yeast Rice
Take this product by mouth with food. Follow all directions on the product package, or if your doctor prescribed this product, take as directed by your doctor. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this product unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this product. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
If your condition lasts or gets worse, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: muscle pain/tenderness/weakness (especially with fever or unusual tiredness), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), signs of liver problems (such as nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, severe stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine).
A very serious allergic reaction to this product is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Before taking this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Red yeast rice must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor right away.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Some drugs that may interact with this product include: azole antifungals (such as itraconazole, ketoconazole), "blood thinners" (such as warfarin), macrolide antibiotics (such as erythromycin, clarithromycin), nefazodone, ritonavir, telithromycin.
Some red yeast rice products may also contain a "statin" cholesterol-lowering drug called lovastatin. Taking too much of a statin can increase your risk of serious side effects (such as muscle and liver problems). Since you may not know if your product contains lovastatin, do not take any red yeast rice products if you are also taking any statin drugs (such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, simvastatin).
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.