Red yeast rice is a nutritional supplement purported to lower cholesterol.
The side effects and risks of red yeast rice are not fully understood. Red yeast rice side effects and risks may include:
- Bloating and gas
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Liver inflammation
- Damage to peripheral nerves
Red yeast rice, like the statin drugs, can cause myopathy. Signs and symptoms include muscle pain, weakness, and elevated levels of creatine kinase.
Rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle tissue that can lead to kidney failure, is a serious side effect that can occur rarely. People who notice muscle pain, weakness, or tenderness while using red yeast rice should see a doctor immediately.
In studies, red yeast rice has been found to interfere with the body's ability to produce CoQ10, which is thought to be a side effect of statin drugs.
There is insufficient information about the long-term safety of red yeast rice.More
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