Where it happens
Your healthcare professional will discuss the most suitable place for you to receive your infusion of BENLYSTA. You may receive your infusion at various locations, such as your doctor's office, a hospital, or an infusion center.
How long it takes
The infusion of BENLYSTA is given over approximately one hour. Preparation time before and observation time after the infusion may vary.
How often it happens
The recommended dosing schedule for BENLYSTA is the following: For the first three infusions, BENLYSTA is given every two weeks. After that, BENLYSTA is given once every four weeks. See the diagram below as an example. It's important to continue to receive BENLYSTA as prescribed, even if you're feeling better.
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Individual results may vary.
Recommended Infusion Schedule
BENLYSTA is a one-hour intravenous infusion given every 4 weeks after initial 3 infusions.
Before your infusion
When you arrive for your treatment, a healthcare professional will help you prepare for your infusion. He or she may ask questions about how you are feeling, take your temperature, measure your pulse rate, check your blood pressure, and discuss your medical history. You may receive medication prior to the infusion, such as an antihistamine, which may help reduce your chance of having an allergic reaction. It is not known if these medications will help reduce the chance of an allergic reaction to BENLYSTA.
After your infusion
After the infusion, you may feel some discomfort where the IV line was inserted. This discomfort should go away within a few hours. You may also feel a little drowsy if you took an antihistamine and may want to go home and rest. It's important that you have someone drive you home, especially if you are drowsy. Depending on how you feel, you may be able to return to your usual activities. Contact your healthcare professional if you don't feel well or have soreness or tenderness at the infusion site that does not go away.
If you have any questions or concerns about the infusion process, be sure to ask your healthcare professional.
If you miss your infusion appointment, ask your healthcare professional when to schedule your next infusion.
Your doctor will tell you how often you should receive BENLYSTA. It is important to continue to receive BENLYSTA as prescribed, even if you're feeling better.
Allergic (hypersensitivity) and infusion reactions
Serious reactions can happen on the day of or days after receiving BENLYSTA and may cause death. Tell your healthcare professional right away if you have any of the following symptoms of a reaction: itching; swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue, or throat; trouble breathing; anxiousness; low blood pressure; dizziness or fainting; headache; nausea; or skin rash, redness, or swelling. Tell your healthcare professional or get emergency medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms.
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)
PML is a serious and life-threatening brain infection. Your chance of getting PML may be higher if you are treated with medicines that weaken your immune system, including BENLYSTA. PML can result in death or severe disability. If you notice any new or worsening medical problems such as the following, tell your healthcare provider right away: memory loss, trouble thinking, dizziness or loss of balance, difficulty talking or walking, or loss of vision.