Benlysta Medication Information
Benlysta® (belimumab) is a prescription medication used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), also known simply as "lupus." This medication comes in the form of an intravenous injection, which means it is given through an IV. It cannot be taken by mouth, because the digestive tract usually does not absorb very much of this type of medicine.
Not everyone will respond to Benlysta, and the drug can cause serious side effects, including potentially serious infections. If you try Benlysta but do not see any significant benefit, inform your healthcare provider; he or she will probably recommend that you stop taking the medication.
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 more information on this medication, click Benlysta. This full-length article describes this lupus drug in greater detail, covering topics such as how it performed in clinical studies, how it works, and what to discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.)