When and How to Use ItSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Benlysta include the following:
- This medication is given as an intravenous (IV) infusion, which is a slow injection into the vein. It is usually given every two weeks for the first three doses and then once a month.
- The injections are given by a healthcare provider in a healthcare setting.
- Each Benlysta dose will be given slowly over a 60-minute period. You may be given medications beforehand to help reduce the chance of allergic reactions.
- For this drug to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. Benlysta will not work as well if you miss doses.
The dose of Benlysta your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your weight
- How well you tolerate the medication.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Benlysta Dosage for more information.)
Side Effects of BenlystaJust like any medicine, Benlysta can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the common side effects seen with Benlysta include:
(Click Benlysta Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)