Benlysta

Belimumab

What is Benlysta used for?

This medication is used with other medications to treat certain types of lupus. Belimumab belongs to a class of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies. It works by decreasing the effect of a certain protein that is increased in people with active lupus. This may help decrease some of the symptoms of lupus.

CHEMICAL NAME

Belimumab

DRUG TYPE

Inflammatory Conditions
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Benlysta Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Medication Guide and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using belimumab and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

This medication is given by injection under your skin as directed by your doctor, usually once a week. The injection is given in the thighs or abdomen (at least 2 inches from your belly button). The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. If you are switching from receiving this medication by injection into a vein, be sure you learn how and when to start using this form of belimumab.

If you are using this medication at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional and the product package. Wash your hands before using this medication. Remove the medication from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you inject it to allow it to reach room temperature. Do not warm up this medication any other way such as by heating in the microwave, placing in hot water, or leaving it in direct sunlight. Do not shake the medication. The medication should be colorless to light yellow. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Before injecting each dose, clean the injection site with rubbing alcohol. Change the injection site each time to lessen injury under the skin. Do not inject into skin that is tender, bruised, red, or hard. To lessen bruising, do not rub the injection site after a shot. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it on the same day each week. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better or if it gets worse.

IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

Benlysta Dosage and Form Information

Syringe
200 Mg/Ml
Auto-Injector
200 Mg/Ml