Red Rice Yeast

  • SCIENTIFIC NAME: Monascus purpureus
  • INDICATIONS: Hypercholesterolemia, indigestion, diarrhea, improved circulation. In foodstuff.
  • SYNONYM: Monascaceae
  • CLASS: HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor / Statin
  • HALF-LIFE: N/A
CLINICALLY IMPORTANT, POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS INTERACTIONS WITH:

Atorvastatin, Cerivastatin, Fluvastatin, Grapefruit Juice, Levothyroxine, Lovastatin, Pravastatin, Simvastatin, St John's Wort

PREGNANCY CATEGORY: N/A

Red yeast rice is derived from the fermentation of rice with the yeast Monascus purpureus, yielding a series of cholesterol-lowering monacolins. The monacolin in highest concentration in red yeast rice is monacolin K, also known as lovastatin, the first FDA-approved HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor. Red yeast that is not fermented correctly may contain the nephrotoxin, citrinin.

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SKIN.
CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM.
ENDOCRINE/METABOLIC.
GASTROINTESTINAL/HEPATIC.
NEUROMUSCULAR/SKELETAL.


Page last updated 04/21/2022

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Incidence info

  • <1%
  • 1-5%
  • 5-10%
  • 10-15%
  • 15-20%
  • 20-30%
  • >30%

Seriousness info

  • Hospitalization possible
  • Life threatening
  • Fatal

Warnings in other populations info

  • Breast feeding
  • Geriatric
  • Pediatric
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