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Ugeskr Laeger. 2019 Sep 30;181(40). pii: V02190107.

[Red yeast rice as the presumed cause of acute kidney and liver failure].

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Alternative medicine and food supplements are getting increasingly popular. The regulation of these remedies is lenient compared to the regulation of traditional medicine. Hence knowledge about adverse effects from alternative medicine and food supplements is scarce. This is a case report of a 65-year-old healthy male who had a daily intake of 315 mg of red yeast rice and was admitted to hospital with acute renal deficiency, hepatitis and rhabdomyolysis. This case report underlines the potential problems with these remedies, namely a lack of knowledge of adverse effects and a lack of control with the production.


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