Red yeast rice is a supplement that claims to help lower your blood cholesterol in combination with a healthy diet and exercise. This supplement isn’t approved by the FDA for medical use. If you have a condition that affects your cholesterol, talk to a healthcare provider before taking this supplement.
RED YEAST RICE (red yeest rahys) may support healthy cholesterol levels. The FDA has not evaluated this supplement for any medical use. It may contain ingredients not listed. Discuss all supplements you are taking with your care team. They can provide you with important safety information.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Red Yeast Rice
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Take this supplement by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package labeling, or take as directed by your care team. Do not take this supplement more often than directed.
Contact your care team about the use of this supplement in children. Special care may be needed. This supplement is not recommended for use in children.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Do not take this medication with any of the following:
This medication may also interact with the following:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Visit your care team for regular check-ups. You may need regular tests to make sure your liver is working properly.
Tell you care team right away if you get any unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, or weakness, especially if you also have a fever and tiredness.
Some medications may increase the risk of side effects from this supplement. If you are given certain antibiotics or antifungals, you should stop taking this supplement during those treatments. Check with your care team or pharmacist for advice.
If you are scheduled for any medical or dental procedure, tell your care team that you are taking this supplement. You may need to stop taking this supplement before the procedure.
Do not use this supplement if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Serious side effects to an unborn child or to an infant are possible. Talk to your care team or pharmacist for more information.
Herbal or dietary supplements are not regulated like medications. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Get rid of any unused supplement after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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