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Red Yeast Rice with Niacin?

Question:
If I already take red yeast rice, would adding high-dose niacin help further reduce my cholesterol levels, and would this be safe?

Answer:
Red yeast rice is effective because it naturally contains cholesterol-lowering "statin" compounds, such as lovastatin. However, studies in which statin drugs have been given with high-dose niacin therapy suggest that this is not a helpful combination for most people and there are safety concerns. The same issues are likely to arise with the combination of red yeast rice and high-dose niacin therapy, so this combination should be carefully evaluated. For more details about the effects of statins given with high-dose niacin, see the Niacin section of the B Vitamins Product Review (which includes our tests of niacin and other B vitamins) >>

For more information about red yeast rice (including ConsumerLab.com's product tests), see the Red Yeast Rice Supplements Review >>

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Are red yeast rice supplements legally permitted to contain statins, like lovastatin, since these are drugs? >>

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To lower my cholesterol, I am taking a phytosterol supplement. Will taking other supplements, like red yeast rice or fish oil, help lower my cholesterol even further? >>

My doctor warned me that red yeast rice can cause liver damage - is that true? >> 

I started taking red yeast rice and soon after developed insomnia. Could my red yeast rice supplement be the problem? >> 

For two years, I used a red yeast rice brand which ConsumerLab.com's report showed to contain the highest amount of lovastatin. With just one pill per day, it kept my cholesterol lower (down to 205 from 260 before starting). I switched to a supermarket store brand because it was cheaper and had my blood drawn for work and my cholesterol jumped to 278 (taking 2 pills per day)! I don't think the store brand had anything in it -- is that possible? Can you test it? >>

When is the best time of day to take red yeast rice? >>


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This CL Answer initially posted on 9/13/2013. Last updated 8/8/2017.
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