belimumab, Benlysta

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GENERIC NAME: belimumab

BRAND NAME: Benlysta

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Belimumab is a synthetic (man-made) injectable antibody that reduces the activity of immune cells called B-cells in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE is an inflammatory autoimmune disease, which means that the body's immune system attacks its own tissues and causes inflammation. Parts of the body affected by SLE include the heart, skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, and brain. Common symptoms include rash, fever, chest pain, hair loss, joint pain, fatigue, and sensitivity to light.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/17/2015

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