What is Red Yeast Rice?

Category: Nutrition/Diets

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See also: Red Yeast Rice Extract

Red yeast rice is the product of yeast (Monascus purpureus ) grown on rice, and is served as a dietary staple in some Asian countries. It contains several compounds collectively known as monacolins, substances known to inhibit cholesterol synthesis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
High cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) 3 1
Hyperlipidemia 2 0
Elevated blood pressure 1 0
Support heart health 1 0

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
1
Mild
0
None
3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Red Yeast Rice

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 1
Increased pain 1
Myalgia 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Red Yeast Rice

Dosage Patients
1,200 mg daily 5
2,400 mg daily 2
2 capsule(s) twice daily 1
600 mg daily 1
1,200 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Red Yeast Rice

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 2
Doctor's advice 1
Personal research 1
See all 4 patients who've stopped using Red Yeast Rice

Duration

Currently using Red Yeast Rice

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 5

Stopped using Red Yeast Rice

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 0
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 0
Not specified 4
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2 patient evaluations for Red Yeast Rice

Jul 24, 2017 (Started Jan 15, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Twice daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 17, 2011 (Started Oct 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for high cholesterol)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2400 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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