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Benlysta: 7 things you should know

Medically reviewed by Leigh Ann Anderson, PharmD. Last updated on May 21, 2024.

1. How it works

2. Upsides

3. Downsides

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include:

Note: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. View complete list of side effects

4. Bottom Line

Benlysta is an injectable non-steroid prescription medicine used with other medicines to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and active lupus nephritis (lupus-related kidney inflammation) in adults and children 5 years of age and older. It works by inhibiting the survival of B cells (a type of white blood cell) in the immune system. It is classified as a B-lymphocyte stimulator (BLyS)-specific inhibitor.

5. Tips

6. Response and effectiveness

Active lupus nephritis

7. Interactions


Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use benlysta only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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