Prescription onlyClass: Autoimmune

Enbrel 

(etanercept)

Prescription onlyClass: Autoimmune
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Calms down your immune system to prevent joint damage.

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

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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.
How it works

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 arthritis

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Side effect rates for Enbrel (etanercept)

1235 From clinical trials of Enbrel / Plaque psoriasis
  • Any infection
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Injection site reactions
  • Non-upper respiratory infections
  • Diarrhea

Risks and Warnings for Enbrel (etanercept)

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    • 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.

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Common concerns from people taking Enbrel (etanercept)

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Alcohol
  • 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.