Benlysta (Belimumab)

Name: Benlysta (Belimumab)

Uses of Benlysta

  • It is used to treat lupus.

How is this medicine (Benlysta) best taken?

Use Benlysta (belimumab) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Auto-injector shot and prefilled syringes:

  • 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 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 Benlysta, 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 if it has been dropped or if it is broken.

Vials:

  • It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
  • Other drugs may be given before Benlysta to help avoid side effects.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Auto-injector shot and prefilled syringes:

  • 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.

Vials:

  • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

If OVERDOSE is suspected

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.

How do I store and/or throw out Benlysta?

Auto-injector shot and prefilled syringes:

  • Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
  • Store in original container.
  • Protect from heat.
  • If needed, Benlysta 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.

Vials:

  • If you need to store Benlysta at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.

All products:

  • 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 is refilled. If you have any questions about Benlysta, 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.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Benlysta. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Benlysta (belimumab).

Review Date: October 4, 2017

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