What is this medication and its most common uses?Rayos is a medicine used to reduce swelling and improve symptoms associated with certain allergic, skin, stomach, intestinal, blood, eye, nervous system, kidney, lung, or joint disorders; rheumatoid arthritis; certain cancers; and certain infections. Rayos may also be used to treat other conditions, as determined by your healthcare provider.
What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?How does this medication work?
Rayos works by reducing swelling, thereby reducing symptoms associated with various conditions.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Rayos has been shown to help relieve symptoms of arthritis, such as morning stiffness.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you take Rayos exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
You may feel an improvement in your symptoms once you begin taking Rayos. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.
What are the possible side effects of this medication?The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
More common side effects may include: increased blood pressure, behavior or mood changes, increased appetite, weight gain.
Less common side effects may include:
Adrenal insufficiency (a disorder where the body does not make enough of certain hormones), with symptoms such as tiredness that worsens and does not go away, nausea or vomiting, dizziness or fainting, muscle weakness, irritability and depression, loss of appetite, or weight loss.
Cushing's syndrome (a hormone disorder), with symptoms such as weight gain, especially around your upper back and midsection; slow healing of cuts, insect bites, and infections; tiredness and muscle weakness; depression, anxiety, and irritability; roundness of your face (moon face); or new or worsening high blood pressure.
High blood sugar, with symptoms such as excessive thirst, an increase in urination, increased appetite, weakness, confusion, fruity smelling breath, or feeling sick to your stomach.
Eye problems, such as glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), cataracts, or an infection.
Slowed or delayed growth in children.
Rayos can harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Rayos.
Rayos may also cause salt and water retention or decreased blood potassium levels in your body, or may increase your risk of developing an infection.
Who should not take this medication?Do not take Rayos if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Rayos. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart, kidney, or thyroid problems; high blood pressure; any type of infection (including tuberculosis [a bacterial infection that affects the lungs]); recently been near anyone with chickenpox or measles; recently traveled to a tropical area; unexplained diarrhea; stomach or intestinal problems (such as an ulcer); psychiatric conditions (such as mood swings or personality changes); osteoporosis (thin, weak bones); or myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by long-lasting fatigue and muscle weakness).
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults and children: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you or your child based on the condition, and may adjust the dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
It is important that you do not stop taking this medication abruptly. If you need to change or stop taking this medication, it is important that you only do this with the guidance of your healthcare provider.
How should I take this medication?Take Rayos exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop taking Rayos without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Take Rayos with food.
Swallow Rayos tablets whole. Do not break, divide, or chew them.
What should I avoid while taking this medication?Do not come in contact with anyone who has chickenpox or measles while you are receiving Rayos.
Do not receive certain vaccines during treatment with Rayos without first talking to your healthcare provider.
What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?If Rayos is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Rayos may interact with numerous medications. Therefore, it is very important that you tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking.
May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Rayos may harm your unborn baby if you take it during the first few months of your pregnancy. Rayos may be found in your breast milk if you take it while breastfeeding. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?If you miss a dose of Rayos, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store this medication?Store at room temperature. Protect from light and moisture.