How to Take BENLYSTA

BENLYSTA can be taken several different ways:

What?

Medicine that is automatically injected under the skin

Where?

Taken at home after you’ve been trained by your healthcare provider

When?

Once a week

Preparation and injection takes about 30 minutes

What?

Medicine that is manually injected under the skin

Where?

Taken at home after you’ve been trained by your healthcare provider

When?

Once a week

Preparation and injection takes about 30 minutes

What?

Medicine given by needle into your vein

Where?

Taken at your doctor’s office or an infusion center

When?

First three doses, every 2 weeks; every four weeks thereafter

Infusion takes about an hour

BENLYSTA offers the independence of a weekly self-injection in the comfort of your own home at a time that is convenient for you—after you’ve been trained by a healthcare provider.

If instead you prefer the convenience of receiving monthly infusions of BENLYSTA, you can do so with the comfort of having your healthcare provider monitor you during and immediately after the infusion. It's important to select the method that works best for your own situation and ensures that you will take BENLYSTA regularly as prescribed. You should talk to your doctor to help decide which option is best for you.

Whether taken by infusion or self-injection, BENLYSTA is added to your other lupus medicines such as corticosteroids, antimalarials, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and/or immunosuppressants. Taken together with these other treatments, BENLYSTA has been shown to significantly reduce lupus disease activity more than other lupus medicines alone.

Why is BENLYSTA not a pill?

A medicine 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 either given by infusion, directly into the bloodstream, or injected under the skin.