Benlysta (Belimumab) is a prescription medication that is used to treat active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in adults and children over 5 years old. Belimumab belongs to the class of drugs known as Monoclonal antibodies. This medication affects the actions of the body’s immune system. Monoclonal antibodies are made to target and destroy only certain cells in the body. It works by binding to protein in the blood and limiting the activity of the protein. Belimumab helps decrease the symptoms of lupus. Benlysta is given by injection into vein by a health care professional.
Canadian Pharmacy King carries the brand Benlysta from Canada manufactured by GSK. There is no generic available for this medication. Benlysta is available in the strength of 120 mg and 400 mg vials and 200 mg/ml auto-injector.
Benlysta should be stored in the refrigerated conditions between 2 C to 8 C (36 F to 46 F). Benlysta Auto-Injector 200 mg/ml is available for LOCAL PICK UP
Benlysta Side Effects
The common side effects may include diarrhea, nausea and trouble sleeping.
Inform your doctor right away if you have any of the serious side effects such as:
• Mental or mood changes;
o New or worsening depression
o Thoughts of suicide
• Signs of cancer;
o Night sweats
o Swollen glands
o Unusual lumps or growths
o Unusual tiredness
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please call your doctor if you have any further concerns or questions.
You should not use Benlysta if you are allergic to Belimumab or if you have any other allergies. Before you start taking this medication, talk to your doctor about your medical history and about all the medications we take including OTC and herbal medications. Inform you doctor about an infections or mental or mood disorders or cancer. This medication can make you more likely to get infections or may worsen any current infections. Do not have immunizations or vaccinations without the consent of your doctor. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Talk to your doctor before breast-feeding a baby.
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