Working With Your Doctor


In a clinical study in black patients, a reduction in disease activity was seen but was not statistically significant. Consult your healthcare provider to see if BENLYSTA is right for you.

You live with lupus every day. But you may see your doctor only once every few months, and your time together is valuable. Being prepared for your appointment can help you make the most of it!

Make the Most of Your Time


You live with lupus every day, but you may only see your healthcare provider every 3 months or so. With appointments lasting about 15 minutes or less, you need to make sure you are getting the most out of your time with your doctor.

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Make the Most of Your Appointment


Below are a few strategies to help ensure that you are communicating all the important things about your health to your doctor. Learn these tips and use them at your next doctor’s appointment.


Strategies to Help You Make the Most of Your Doctor’s Appointments

Keep track of how you’re feeling. Doing so can give your doctor a clear and accurate picture of what’s going on with your health.


Download the Patient Diary and use it to track how you are doing. Do this when you have a moment to talk to a loved one.

Get an appointment buddy lined up.
Take a trusted friend or family member with you to appointments. They can act as both a supporter and a note-taker.

Ask a trusted friend or family member to be your buddy well in advance of your next medical appointment, so that they can take time off if needed. Do this a few weeks before your medical appointment.    

Make sure you have all of your medical records with you. If you’ve visited another doctor or specialist since your last visit to this doctor, make sure you bring copies of any documents or notes with you. This goes for any visits to emergency or urgent care clinics, too.


Be ready to answer some questions your doctor may have for you.


Prepare yourself for things your doctor might ask you by writing down your answers to the following common questions:

  1. How have you been feeling physically?
  2. How have you been feeling emotionally?
  3. Has anything significant happened that I should know about?
  4. Are there any new problems that I should be aware of? (Note: it’s okay if you are not sure if they are lupus-related.)    

Working with your Healthcare Team

It’s important to have a transparent relationship with your doctor. Learn tips from other patients taking BENLYSTA on how to have a successful relationship with your doctor.


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Staying on Track


Taking BENLYSTA as prescribed can be key to seeing improvements in your lupus. Discover tips for staying on track with your treatment.

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