Calms down your immune system to prevent joint damage.
Our bottom line
Enbrel (etanercept) effectively calms down your immune system, but it puts you at risk of serious infections.
- 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.
- 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.
Enbrel (etanercept) blocks a protein called TNF (tumor necrosis factor) in the immune system which lowers inflammation, relieves symptoms and prevents disease progression.
What to expect when you take Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid arthritisSkip what to expect section. Skip to Risks & Warnings section.
Side effect rates for Enbrel (etanercept)
- Any infection
- Upper respiratory infections
- Injection site reactions
- Non-upper respiratory infections
Risks and Warnings for Enbrel (etanercept)Skip risks section. Skip to common concerns section.
- Higher risk if:
- › Latex allergy
Rarely, Enbrel (etanercept) can cause allergic reactions that can be life-threatening. If you have hives, itching, trouble breathing, or lip, tongue, or throat swelling right after your dose or days later, call your doctor and get medical emergency care right away. You might need to stop taking Enbrel (etanercept). Inform your doctor if you have a latex allergy, as the SureClick Autoinjector has latex in the needle cover.
Common concerns from people taking Enbrel (etanercept)Final section. Do you want to return to drug navigation?
- Let it warm to room temperature before injecting 15-30min. Make sure the alcohol is dry before injecting or it will sting. It hurts less if you inject it into the stomach.