Rayos: (Prednisone) Delayed-release Tablets

Full Prescribing Information For Patients

The first and only delayed-release prednisone
for the treatment of RA and PMR

RAYOS® (prednisone) delayed-release tablets—for the treatment of
RA and PMR

RAYOS should be taken once daily, for example, at bedtime1

  • In clinical trials, RAYOS was taken at ~10 PM1
  • In the CAPRA-2 trial, patients received a 5-mg dose of RAYOS1
  • Available in 5-, 2- and 1-mg doses1
    • Use the lowest dosage that will maintain an adequate
      clinical response1
  • Allows individualized dosing according to the severity of the disease and the response of the patient1
  • Patients already taking a corticosteroid can be switched to the equivalent dose of RAYOS1
  • RAYOS should be taken with food1,2

  • In clinical trials, RAYOS was taken with a light meal or snack if more than 2 to 3 hours had passed since the evening meal2
  • RAYOS plasma levels were similar when taken 2.5 hours after a light meal or immediately after dinner1
  • Important considerations

  • RAYOS tablets should not be broken, divided or chewed because the delayed release of prednisone is dependent on an
    intact coating1
  • 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 scheduled time. Patients should not take an extra dose to make up for the missed dose1
  • References:
    1. RAYOS (prednisone) delayed-release tablets [package insert]. Deerfield, IL: Horizon Pharma Inc; June 2013.
    2. Clinical study protocol: A randomized multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of a new modified-release tablet formulation of prednisone (Lodotra®) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: Circadian Administration of Prednisone in RA; The CAPRA-2 Study. http://ard.bmj.com/content/suppl/2012/05/04/annrheumdis-2011-201067.DC1/annrheumdis-2011-201067_ds3.pdf. Accessed
    September 4, 2012.
    3. Cutolo M, Seriolo B, Craviotto C, Pizzorni C, Sulli A. Circadian rhythms in RA. Ann Rheum Dis. 2003;62:593-596.
    4. Arvidson NG, Gudbjörnsson B, Larsson A, Hällgren R. The timing of glucocorticoid administration in rheumatoid arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis.

    Eligible patients pay as little as $0 for every prescription!*

    Timing considerations for dosing with prednisone


  • Known hypersensitivity to prednisone or any excipients in the formulation

  • Corticosteroids can cause hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, Cushing's syndrome and hyperglycemia. Monitor patients for these conditions with chronic use. Taper doses gradually for withdrawal after chronic use
  • RAYOS may increase susceptibility to new infection and increase risk of exacerbation, dissemination or reactivation of latent infection. RAYOS may mask signs and symptoms of infection. The rate of infectious complications increases with increasing doses of corticosteroids
  • Corticosteroids can cause elevated blood pressure, salt and water retention and hypokalemia. Monitor blood pressure and sodium, potassium serum levels. RAYOS should be used with caution in patients with a history of recent myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, hypertension or renal insufficiency
  • There is an increased risk of gastrointestinal (GI) perforation in patients with certain GI disorders. RAYOS may mask signs and symptoms of GI perforation
  • Corticosteroid use may be associated with behavioral and mood disturbances, including euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, severe depression and psychosis. Existing conditions may be aggravated
  • Corticosteroid use may lead to inhibition of bone growth in children and adolescents and the development of osteoporosis at any age. Give special consideration to patients at increased risk of osteoporosis (eg, postmenopausal women) before initiating corticosteroid therapy, and bone density should be monitored in patients on long-term corticosteroid therapy
  • Prolonged use of corticosteroids may result in cataracts, infections and glaucoma. Monitor intraocular pressure if corticosteroid therapy is continued for more
    than 6 weeks
  • Do not administer live or attenuated vaccines to patients receiving immunosuppressive doses of corticosteroids
  • Long‐term use of corticosteroids can have negative effects on growth and development in children. Monitor pediatric patients on long‐term corticosteroid therapy
  • Fetal harm can occur with first trimester use of corticosteroids. Apprise women of potential harm to the fetus

  • Common adverse reactions for corticosteroids include fluid retention, alteration in glucose tolerance, elevation in blood pressure, behavioral and mood changes, increased appetite and weight gain

    RAYOS is a corticosteroid indicated:
  • As an anti-inflammatory or immunosuppressive agent for certain allergic, dermatologic, gastrointestinal, hematologic, ophthalmologic, nervous system, renal, respiratory, rheumatologic, specific infectious diseases or conditions and organ transplantation
  • For the treatment of certain endocrine conditions
  • For palliation of certain neoplastic conditions
  • For a complete list of indications for RAYOS, please see the full Prescribing Information.

    For further information on RAYOS, please see full Prescribing Information at www.RAYOSrx.com/PI.

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