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Red Yeast Rice

Brand Name: angkak, benikoji, hong qu, Monascus purpureus, red koji, red leaven, RYR, xuezhikang, zhi tai

Generic Name: Red Yeast Rice

Drug Class: Cardiovascular, Herbals

What Is Red Yeast Rice and How Does It Work?

Red Yeast Rice suggested uses include for diarrhea, high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia), high triglycerides (hypertriglyceridemia), circulation improvement, and indigestion.

Red Yeast Rice is possibly effective for h high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia).

Red Yeast Rice is available under the following different brand and other names: angkak, benikoji, hong qu, Monascus purpureus, red koji, red leaven, RYR, xuezhikang, and zhi tai.

Dosages of Red Yeast Rice

Suggested Dosing

Hypercholesterolemia

  • 1200 mg orally twice daily
  • Take with food

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

  • See "Suggested Dosing"

QUESTION

What is cholesterol? See Answer

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Red Yeast Rice?

Common side effects of red_yeast_rice include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and other serious side effects may occur. Call your doctor for information and medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What Other Drugs Interact with Red Yeast Rice?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication for your condition, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions or side effects and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of this medicine or any medicine before getting further information from your doctor, healthcare provider or pharmacist first.

Severe interactions of red_yeast_rice include:

Red Yeast Rice has serious interactions with at least 36 different drugs.

Moderate interactions of red_yeast_rice include:

  • grapefruit
  • lanthanum carbonate
  • maraviroc
  • St. John's wort

Red Yeast Rice has no known mild interactions with other drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Red Yeast Rice?

Warnings

This medication contains red yeast rice. Do not take angkak, benikoji, hong qu, Monascus purpureus, red koji, red leaven, RYR, xuezhikang, and zhi tai if you are allergic to red yeast rice or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Red Yeast Rice?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Red Yeast Rice?"

Cautions

Pregnancy and Lactation

SLIDESHOW

How to Lower Your Cholesterol & Save Your Heart See Slideshow
References

Medscape. Red Yeast Rice.
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/angkak-benikoji-red-yeast-rice-344601
8 University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Red Yeast Rice.
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/angkak-benikoji-red-yeast-rice-344601
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