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Patients should be informed of the following information before initiating therapy with RAYOS and periodically during the course of ongoing therapy.
- Patients should be warned not to discontinue the use of RAYOS abruptly or without medical supervision, to advise any medical attendants that they are taking it, and to seek medical advice at once should they develop fever or other signs of infection. Patients should be told to take RAYOS exactly as prescribed, follow the instructions on the prescription label, and not stop taking RAYOS without first checking with their healthcare providers, as there may be a need for gradual dose reduction.
- Patients should discuss with their physician if they have had recent or ongoing infections or if they have recently received a vaccine.
- Persons who are on immunosuppressant doses of corticosteroids should be warned to avoid exposure to chickenpox or measles. Patients should also be advised that if they are exposed, medical advice should be sought without delay.
- There are a number of medicines that can interact with RAYOS. Patients should inform their healthcare provider of all the medicines they are taking, including over-the-counter and prescription medicines (such as phenytoin, diuretics, digitalis or digoxin, rifampin, amphotericin B, cyclosporine, insulin or diabetes medicines, ketoconazole, estrogens including birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy, blood thinners such as warfarin, aspirin or other NSAIDS, barbiturates), dietary supplements, and herbal products. If patients are taking any of these drugs, alternate therapy, dosage adjustment, and/or special test may be needed during the treatment.
- For missed doses, patients should be told to take the missed dose as soon as they remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, the missed dose should be skipped and the medicine taken at the next regularly schedule time. Patients should not take an extra dose to make up for the missed dose.
- Patients should be told to take RAYOS with food. Patients should be advised not to break, divide, or chew RAYOS.
- Patients should be advised of common adverse reactions that could occur with RAYOS use to include fluid retention, alteration in glucose tolerance, elevation in blood pressure, behavioral and mood changes, increased appetite and weight gain.
Last reviewed on RxList: 9/4/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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