Compare Enbrel vs. Arava

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Calms down your immune system to prevent joint damage.

Enbrel (etanercept) effectively calms down your immune system, but it puts you at risk of serious infections.

3.7/ 5 average rating with 90 reviewsforEnbrel
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Upsides
  • People taking Enbrel (etanercept) for rheumatoid arthritis showed significant improvement and were able to reduce the dose or stop their other RA medicines.
  • Enbrel (etanercept) can work for you even if other medications didn't help your rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Enbrel (etanercept) is the first biologic approved for moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis. Since it has been around for a long time, its side effects are well known.
  • Many people have only minor or no side effects.
  • It's available as a pre-filled syringe and SureClick auto-injector pen which some people find more convenient and easier to use.
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Downsides
  • Enbrel (etanercept) raises your risk of serious or life-threatening infections, including tuberculosis (TB).
  • Enbrel (etanercept) can increase the risk of lymphoma, leukemia and other cancers.
  • May not be the best choice if you have a history of heart failure or nervous system problems like multiple sclerosis.
  • You'll need to have regular blood tests before and during treatment to make sure you don't have any problems taking Enbrel (etanercept).
  • You could get injection site reactions such as redness, swelling, rash, itching, or bruising.
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Used for
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
Price
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$4537.83
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Reviews
90 reviews so far
62%
saidit'sworth it
53%
saiditworked well
17%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Any infection
    27%
  • Upper respiratory infections
    17%
  • Injection site reactions
    15%
  • Non-upper respiratory infections
    12%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
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The Arava (Leflunomide) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • Latex allergy
  • Heart problems
    • History of heart failure
  • Serious infections
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • Age 65 or older
  • Cancer
    • Taking other immunosuppressant drugs
    • History of cancer
  • Nervous system effects
    • History of nervous system conditions
  • Lower blood cell counts
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