Posted On: April 18, 2016
One thing that every person fighting Systemic Lupus Erythematosus urge for, is A CURE. A cure that evaporates all the pain, all the fatigue from the body. Finally, there is a ray of hope in the world of Lupus. This ray of hope is a monoclonal antibody popularly known as Benlysta (trade name – belimumab). It is said that this antibody influence the activities of our immune system. Unlike our own lupus affected body cells, Monoclonal antibodies target and tear down specific cells. Looks like now the healthy body cells won’t be damaged anymore. Though Benlysta is used to treat SLE, but it is not used in people with Lupus Nephritis or who Lupus is active and hampering the central nervous system.
Before You Take Benlysta
- Inform your doctor if your Lupus is active or if you had cancer or chronic infection before you take it. Any record of mental illness or anxiety should also be informed.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning on while using it. It is not known if Benlysta may affect the unborn or not.
- Again it is unknown if the medicine passes into your breast milk and harms your baby or not. To be on the safer side, don’t breastfeed if you are on this.
Things to Bear if You Are Taking Benlysta
- Don’t take any vaccination for measles, mumps, polio, typhoid, yellow fever, chickenpox (varicella), zoster or nasal flu. It may not work well while you are on Benlysta and hence, cannot protect you from these ailments.
- Don’t be close to people infected with contagious diseases like flu or cold.
- It alters your immune system and may make you prone to cancer-like risks. Evaluate your own risks by consulting your doctor.
Many things about Benlysta is still unknown to us. However, it is like a faint spark in the dark gray world. It is more than a miracle to have a hope when one has to #FightSLE for living a life as a normal human being. Keeping fingers crossed for Benlysta and a CURE.