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Complementary Medicine

Red Yeast Rice

05/20/2008

Question:

Is red yeast rice a viable alternative to statin therapy? And what about plant sterols/stanols?

Answer:

Red rice yeast contains a statin, lovastatin, so needs liver tests to follow risk of liver damage.  Plant sterols are useful, but not reliable.

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Response by:

Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP Glen F Aukerman, MD, DABFP
Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University