› 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.
Downsides and risks
› 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.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
› Enbrel (etanercept) is available as an injection and a SureClick Autoinjector. You and your doctor can discuss which is best for you.
› Enbrel (etanercept) is a medication that's injected under the skin (subcutaneous). Your doctor can give you your first dose, then let you self-inject it once you learn how to do it correctly.
› Enbrel (etanercept) lowers your immune system's ability to fight infections including tuberculosis (TB), fungal, viral, and bacterial infections. Your doctor will check for TB and hepatitis B before starting Enbrel (etanercept). Let your doctor know if you come down with a fever, cough, or notice flu-like symptoms before or during treatment.
› Enbrel (etanercept) can cause redness, rash, swelling, itching, or bruising at the site of injection. Do not inject into skin that's already red, bruised, or irritated. Rotate your injection areas to avoid skin reactions.
› Keep Enbrel (etanercept) refrigerated, but let it rest at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes before using it. Enbrel (etanercept) should not be used if kept at room temperature for longer than 14 days.
› You should not receive certain vaccinations with Enbrel (etanercept). Discuss with your doctor about your vaccine history and whether you need to receive any vaccines before treatment.