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Can I take niacin with red yeast rice to lower bad cholesterol?

You need to be careful, as the structure of red yeast rice is the same as a statin. Taking it with niacin can increase your risk of muscle pain and weakness. Please review your use of red yeast rice with your doctor and ask if niacin is something you should take. You may also wish to review your most recent cholesterol levels with your doctor so that you can see how well you are doing to control your cholesterol.

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