How BENLYSTA Is Given
When starting a treatment, it's important to know what you may experience. BENLYSTA is added to your other lupus medications. BENLYSTA contains belimumab, which is the first in a class of drugs called BLyS-specific inhibitors.
BENLYSTA is taken in addition to other lupus medicines
When given together with other medicines for lupus (including corticosteroids, antimalarials, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs], and/or immunosuppressants), BENLYSTA has been shown to decrease lupus disease activity more than other lupus medicines alone.
BENLYSTA is not a pill
BENLYSTA is given by IV infusion. Why not a pill? A drug like BENLYSTA is made of complex proteins that, if swallowed, would break down in the stomach before reaching the bloodstream. Once BENLYSTA is broken down, it cannot work properly. As a result, BENLYSTA is given by infusion, directly into the bloodstream.
Learn more about receiving treatment with BENLYSTA and infusions including where you might receive an infusion, how long an infusion takes, and how often infusions will be administered. If you've recently been prescribed BENLYSTA, download a list of things to consider to help you get started.