I am trying to decide to do it or not. It is up to my decesion now that the rhuemy has told me its ok. We talked about it in depth for about 30 minutes. I was told I would be staying on all my other medications until Benlysta had time to get in my system. Then we would slowly start coming off the prednisone and see about the other stuff. But I was told I would probably not get able to get of the medications used to treat my kidneys! She said so far, the few people who have tried it in her office have not had any adverse affects and it was too soon to see any good from it. I think they had only had 2 doses of it at the time!
But if you read the medication pamphelt that you are one now, I am sure the others are just as scary. She also stated that the depression/Suicide side effect, they could not pin it down to Benlysta BUT since very few people have been on it, decided to put it in the warning box. She seemed to imply to me that this is a much safer drug than some of the others used for treatment in lupus!!!
Cyclosporine, Prednisone, Lisinopril,Norvasc, Mobic, Vitamin D 50,000 units
PRN: Imitrex, hydrocodone, Ambien, Flexeril, Ultram,
If God brings you to it, he will get you through it!!