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Safety and Efficacy of Red Yeast Rice (Monascus purpureus) as an Alternative Therapy for Hyperlipidemia

Matthew Klimek, PharmD, Shan Wang, PharmD, and Adeleye Ogunkanmi, PharmD
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Red yeast rice is a dietary supplement with the same chemical structure as ­lovastatin (Mevacor), but it is not regulated by the FDA. Although patients have used it to reduce cholesterol levels, some serious problems (muscular atrophy, rhabdomyolysis) can result. Inconsistent quality and toxigenic ingredients can cause additional complications.