Benlysta

Drug List

Benlysta

Drug Name

Benlysta (Belimumab)

Manufactured By

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

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NPC's mission is your health. We recognize your need for help when you are applying for discount programs for your prescription medications. We consist of friendly and experienced advocates that not only know how these free and discount programs work, but are ready to help. We are available to take your call and answer any questions you may have as you search for the right program to fit your needs. We can also explain any supporting material you may need to provide as you apply for these programs. If for any reason you are denied, we also are experienced in the best appeals process with a high success rate.

Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This medication is used to treat a certain type of lupus, systemic lupus erythematosus, in patients who are receiving other lupus medicines. It works by binding to a protein (found in high levels in patients with active lupus) in the blood and limiting the activity of the protein. It helps decrease the symptoms of lupus. Belimumab is a type of medication called a monoclonal antibody.

How To Use

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using belimumab and each time you get a treatment. Discuss the risks and benefits of belimumab treatment. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. This medication is given by injection into a vein by a health care professional. It should be injected slowly over 1 hour. The first 3 doses are given every 2 weeks. After the third dose, it is usually given every 4 weeks, or as directed by your doctor. The dosage is based on your weight. Your doctor may prescribe other medications for you to take before the start of your treatment to help prevent serious side effects. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. It may help to mark your calendar with a reminder.

Side Effects

Nausea, diarrhea, or trouble sleeping may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as new/worsening depression, thoughts of suicide), signs of cancer (such as fever, night sweats, unusual tiredness, unexplained weight loss, swollen glands, unusual lumps/growths). This medication can lower your body's ability to fight an infection. You may be more likely to get serious infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infection, and skin infections. It may also be harder to fight an infection you already have. Tell your doctor right away if you develop signs of a serious infection while using this drug, such as: fever, chills, sore throat, cough, pain or burning with urination, urinating often, bloody diarrhea, coughing up mucus. Belimumab may increase your risk of getting a rare but very serious (sometimes fatal) brain infection (progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy-PML). Get medical help right away if you develop any signs of PML, including: confusion, memory loss, loss of balance, difficulty talking/walking, vision changes. Get medical help right away if you have any serious side effects, including: heart problems (such as chest/jaw/left arm pain, shortness of breath, unusual sweating, dizziness). A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Some products that may interact with this drug include: other drugs that weaken the immune system/increase the risk of infection (such as natalizumab, rituximab).

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist right away to establish a new dosing schedule.

Storage

Not applicable. This medication is given in a clinic and will not be stored at home.