BENLYSTA for Intravenous Use (IV)

BENLYSTA offers the convenience of receiving monthly infusions with the comfort of knowing that your healthcare provider will monitor you during and immediately after the infusion. Intravenous dosing of BENLYSTA is approved for children aged 5 years and older.

Where it happens

  • For BENLYSTA IV, your healthcare provider will discuss the most suitable place for you to receive your infusion.
  • You may receive your infusion at 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

Here is the recommended dosing schedule for BENLYSTA IV:

  • 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. And if you’re not feeling better right away, talk to your doctor about how BENLYSTA takes time to work in your body.

1st Infusion

2nd Infusion

3rd Infusion

Ongoing Infusions

2 weeks

2 weeks

1 infusion every 4 weeks

Initial Infusions

Ongoing Infusions

The Infusion Experience

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Before your infusion

  • When you arrive for your treatment, a healthcare provider 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, however, not known if these pre-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 provider 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 provider.

  • If you miss your infusion appointment, ask your healthcare provider 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 provider 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 provider or get emergency medical help right away if you have any of these symptoms.