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Whether you've already begun treatment with BENLYSTA or have just received a prescription for it, you are likely to have questions. Most patients do. You'll want to talk to your healthcare provider about how BENLYSTA works and any concerns you might have. In any event, it's helpful to know:

  • BENLYSTA was tested in 2,133 lupus patients in the largest successful SLE clinical trial to date.
  • These studies found that adding BENLYSTA to commonly used lupus medications can reduce lupus disease activity. In fact, in clinical trials, BENLYSTA plus other lupus treatments was superior to other lupus treatments alone in reducing lupus disease activity.
  • The reduction in disease activity was mainly due to improvements in the parts of the body most commonly affected among people participating in the trial: the skin, the mouth, the joints and muscles, and the immune system.

The infusion process is one topic that commonly leads to questions for patients. We've answered a few of them here:  Infusion Answers.

Other questions? See our FAQs section for more insights and information.

Learn about financial support programs

Visit BENLYSTA® Gateway to get answers about BENLYSTA answered by a live person on our toll-free support line. If you have insurance, but are not able to afford your medication, BENLYSTA Co-pay Program may be able to help.

Continue the commitment

Remember, every patient responds differently to BENLYSTA. You and your doctor can't be certain when or if it will work for you. But you've made the commitment to add BENLYSTA to your treatment plan and that's an important step. Talk with your doctor about all your questions and concerns and continue to receive BENLYSTA as prescribed. As you go along, you'll become more and more familiar with the infusion process. If you have any issues with it, talk to the infusion staff, your nurse, or your doctor. But do not skip your infusions.

It's important to continue to receive BENLYSTA as prescribed, even if you are feeling better. Talk to your doctor honestly about any positive and negative experiences you have with your treatment.

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BENLYSTA is a prescription medication used to treat adults with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus) who are receiving other lupus medicines.

It is not known if BENLYSTA is safe and effective in people with severe active lupus nephritis or severe active central nervous system lupus, and it has not been studied in combination with other biologics or intravenous cyclophosphamide. Use of BENLYSTA is not recommended in these situations.

Important Safety Information

The most important information to know about BENLYSTA:

BENLYSTA can cause serious side effects. Some of these side effects may cause death. It is not known if BENLYSTA causes these serious side effects.

Important Safety Information

The most important information to know about BENLYSTA:

BENLYSTA can cause serious side effects. Some of these side effects may cause death. It is not known if BENLYSTA causes these serious side effects.

Tell your healthcare professional right away if you have any of the symptoms listed below while receiving BENLYSTA

Do not receive BENLYSTA if you are allergic to belimumab or to any of the ingredients in BENLYSTA.

Before receiving BENLYSTA also discuss with your healthcare professional if you:

Women of childbearing age should use adequate birth control measures while taking BENLYSTA and for at least four months after their final treatment with BENLYSTA.

Remember to tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Possible side effects of BENLYSTA

The most common side effects of BENLYSTA include:

Tell your healthcare professional if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of BENLYSTA. For more information, ask your healthcare professional.

Other Important Information

In 2 of 3 studies, fewer blacks/African Americans who received BENLYSTA responded to treatment compared to blacks/African Americans who did not receive BENLYSTA. Therefore, caution should be used when considering treatment with BENLYSTA in blacks/African Americans. It is important to discuss with your healthcare professional whether BENLYSTA is right for you. A clinical trial is ongoing to study BENLYSTA specifically in blacks/African Americans with lupus.

For more information, call the BENLYSTA® Gateway at 1-877-4-BENLYSTA (1-877-423-6597)
Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.