Why is the drug given as an infusion?
Your doctors may have explained to you that BENLYSTA is an intravenous infusion (also known as an IV). You may be wondering why BENLYSTA can’t be taken as a pill. It’s because BENLYSTA is a type of drug called a monoclonal antibody. This type of drug would be broken down in the stomach and lose its effectiveness.
How does the infusion process work?
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Where do you get the infusion?
There are several locations for infusion treatments, including a doctor’s
office, an infusion center, and infusion clinics within hospitals. An infusion
location may have one or more rooms with comfortable chairs in a common infusion
area, and even private rooms with beds. Not everyone at an infusion site will be
receiving treatment for lupus. People may be getting infusions of other
medicines for other health conditions.|
If your doctor prescribes BENLYSTA, ask your doctor or nurse to describe the site where you’ll be receiving your infusions. You may even want to visit the site before your first infusion and meet the medical staff. This way you’ll know how long it will take to get there and what to expect once you arrive, which can make you feel more comfortable.
How often do you get the infusion?