More Details on Indications for Benlysta
How Does Benlysta Work?An antibody (also known as an immunoglobulin) is a protein made by the immune system. Antibodies bind to substances in the body called antigens. Benlysta is a synthetic (manufactured) antibody that binds to and blocks the actions of an antigen called soluble human B lymphocyte stimulator protein (BLyS).
BLyS helps B cells survive, and by blocking BLyS, Benlysta shortens the lifespan of B cells, which are a type of white blood cell important in the immune system. This action suppresses the immune system's inappropriate attack on the body, helping to reduce the symptoms of lupus.
Benlysta is only approved for use in individuals at least 18 years of age, as it has not been adequately studied in people younger than this. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the particular benefits and risks of using Benlysta in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than the uses discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label uses for Benlysta. However, at least theoretically, Benlysta may be beneficial for other autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis.