Belimumab Auto-Injectors and Prefilled Syringes

Name: Belimumab Auto-Injectors and Prefilled Syringes

How is this medicine (Belimumab Auto-Injectors and Prefilled Syringes) best taken?

Use this medicine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • It is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin on the top of the thigh or the belly area.
  • Take the same day each week.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Keep taking this medicine (belimumab auto-injectors and prefilled syringes) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • If you will be giving yourself the shot, your doctor or nurse will teach you how to give the shot.
  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Before using this medicine, take it out of the refrigerator and leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Do not heat or microwave.
  • Do not shake.
  • Move the site where you give the shot with each shot.
  • Do not give into skin that is irritated, bruised, red, infected, or scarred.
  • Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
  • This medicine is colorless to a faint yellow. Do not use if the solution changes color.
  • Do not use this medicine (belimumab auto-injectors and prefilled syringes) if it has been dropped or if it is broken.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • After taking a missed dose, keep taking on your normal day or start a new weekly schedule based on the day the dose is taken.
  • If you are not sure what to do if you miss a dose, call your doctor.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What are some other side effects of Belimumab Auto-Injectors and Prefilled Syringes?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Not able to sleep.
  • Headache.
  • Upset stomach.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Nose or throat irritation.
  • Stuffy nose.
  • Runny nose.
  • Pain in arms or legs.
  • Irritation where the shot is given.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

How do I store and/or throw out Belimumab Auto-Injectors and Prefilled Syringes?

  • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Store in original container.
  • Protect from heat.
  • If needed, this medicine (belimumab auto-injectors and prefilled syringes) can be left out at room temperature for up to 12 hours before use. Throw away any part not used after 12 hours.
  • Do not put this medicine back in the refrigerator after it has been stored at room temperature.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine (belimumab auto-injectors and prefilled syringes) is refilled. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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