Taking red yeast rice and a statin together?

April 24th, 2014 by Emily

Question: Taking red yeast rice and a statin together?
I was on 10mg of pravastatin and my total cholesterol went down to 197 and LDL to 114 I was increased to 20mg of pravastatin. Just had blood work done and my numbers are up. My total is now 208 and LDL is 132. My tris and HDL are in normal range my HDL is about at 52. I have not been 100% on my diet exercise especially during the holidays, but I am back to it. My question is has anyone had a similar experience of increased cholesterol with an increase in meds? Also the nurse called with results and recommended I take Red Yeast Rice and low fat diet to help out. I keep reading not to take a statin and RYR together because of increase side effects. I am losing weight, intake better, and exercising now. I am also on 2 blood pressure pills which I am being weaned off of. Any advice or experiences?

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Answer by Chicago Mike
I would advise that you stay away from statins and from red yeast rice. They are essentially the same thing and both can have serious side effects. Why not give natural alternatives a try?

One such natural substitute is known as vitamin B3? B3 also known as niacin has been successful with helping to lower cholesterol. You could try inositol hexaniacinate which is a “no flush” version of niacin or just try niacin itself. Niacin in doses larger than 200 mg causes flushing by dilating the blood vessels, which can also cause the blood pressure to drop. These flushes are normally harmless. If you take inositol hexaniacinate you will not have the same reaction. There is another version called niacinamide, but it does not have the same effect on cholesterol. Avoid the time release versions of niacin as they are thought to have a greater chance of causing liver damage.

You can purchase B3 at any health food store or online if you wish. It goes superior if you take it with Vitamin C as well. How much vitamin niacin and vitamin C to take is something you might want to research for yourself as everyone is different. You could safely begin at 2000mg of vitamin C and then go from there. The correct amount of b3 is superior determined by taking small amounts yourself and then determining how you react. I have included some links that should help you in your research.

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One Comment on “Taking red yeast rice and a statin together?”

  1. Anthony says:

    It can be under some circumstances. If the product you use is of good quality, chances are that you may not need a statin, and also, your cholesterol levels may drop drastically when the 2 are taken together (again if the product is good enough).

    Statins have a one dimensional effect of reducing the body’s ability to synthesize cholesterol. They do not, however, distinguish between the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL) and the ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) and can also reduce levels of Co-enzyme Q10 and L-carnitine, two very important molecules which are involved in energy production and fat metabolism.

    Myalgia and even stomach, lung and liver tumors have also been associated with the use of these drugs. It is very important that people who are taking prescription medication for high cholesterol be regularly monitored by their doctor.

    The good news is that high cholesterol can be well controlled by combining a healthy lifestyle with the correct medical treatment. Treatment can include synthetic prescription medication, natural remedies or a combination of both.

    Research has demonstrated that a combination of natural remedies, regular exercise and dietary changes can make a significant difference to LDL levels and reduce or even eliminate the need for prescription drugs.

    Natural ingredients such as Rooibos, Gugulipid and Red Yeast Rice are well known for their beneficial properties of reducing levels of LDL (‘bad’) and triglyceride, while increasing the levels of protective HDL cholesterol. With a few life-style changes and a little help from nature, cholesterol levels can be well managed.

    You may get additional details over here http://www.healthherbsandnutrition.com/products/cholestorite.htm

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