If you are unfamiliar with the medication Benlysta, however your doctor has recommended it as a potential treatment and you want to learn more---this is the blog for you!
As someone who has first-hand experience with the medication (both injections and infusions) and has had lupus for over 30 years, it is my desire to be as candid with you as possible about all aspects of taking this medication. Hopefully, I will provide clarity and debunk the fear of the unknown so you can make an informed decision as to if you are ready to try Benlysta for yourself.
What Is Benlysta?
Benlysta (belimumab) is the first FDA approved drug in over 50 years that has been designed specifically for the treatment of systemic lupus and recently, lupus nephritis. It is a non-steroidal biologic therapy. That means it consists of genetically engineered proteins that use your own immune system to target specific parts that fuel inflammation, specifically BLys cells that can make your lupus active and cause lupus flares. It is given as a once a month infusion or as a weekly subcutaneous auto-injection.
Here is the good: