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    Statin drugs and side effects
    An_251485 posted:
    I was on Lovastatin years ago and I could hardly get out of bed. The muscle aches were horrible and I felt like a woman in her 80's and I was in my early 60's. My Dr. figured it out and took me off the statin drugs slowly. It took 9 months but now I'm ache free. I take Red Yeast rice, Niacin and fish oil and it keeps my cholesterol down. I hope this can help someone else
    suki65 responded:
    Thank you i will try the red yeast rice where can you buy this ?
    I take omega 3 also and find it helps keep triglyceride levels down
    billh99 replied to suki65's response:
    Red Yeast Rice is a supplement and should be available in stores such as GNC and might be available in some drug stores along with the vitamins and supplements.

    The problem is that RYR contains a chemical related to statins or even might contain a statin. And the amount will vary from brand to brand. Some people have the same problems as with a prescription statin. Also it might contain a toxin.
    bobby75703 responded:
    My understanding of Red Yeast Rice is its a naturally occurring statin in nature and therefore can't be patented. Although not as powerful as synthetic statins like Lipitor or crestor, RYR can lower cholesterol, and some people have reported side effects from RYR.

    I am unaware of any proof taking RYR prevents heart attacks or strokes, or prevents heart disease.
    JJTX66 replied to bobby75703's response:
    Be careful -- read the warnings on Web MD about red yeast rice. You are not supposed to take it with a statin. Be safe.

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