5.0/ 7 average rating with 90 reviewsforEnbrel

Enbrel
Alternatives

(etanercept)

Enbrel (etanercept)

Prescription only

Cimzia (certolizumab)

Prescription only
1 of 4 alternatives
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.

Calms the immune system and prevents joint damage.

Cimzia (certolizumab) effectively calms down your immune system, but you have to be comfortable receiving injections.

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.
  • People taking Cimzia (certolizumab) for Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune conditions had greater clinical response compared to people who did not take Cimzia (certolizumab).
  • Compared to some other drugs used to treat autoimmune conditions, Cimzia (certolizumab) has not been associated with as many harmful effects during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • You can give yourself Cimzia (certolizumab) on your own at home rather than visiting a clinic or hospital.
  • After the initial dosing, you need to take Cimzia (certolizumab) every 4 weeks.
  • Cimzia (certolizumab) has been on the market for almost 10 years.
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.
  • Cimzia (certolizumab) lowers your ability to fight infection and in some cases can cause serious life-threatening illness. The risk is greater if you take other drugs that lower your immune system, have an active infection, or had tuberculosis (TB) in the past.
  • Can in some cases cause bladder infections, rash and respiratory infections (cold or flu)
  • In rare cases, Cimzia (certolizumab) has been associated with cancers in children and adolescents.
  • Can increase your risk of side effects if you have a history of heart failure, nervous system conditions, or hepatitis B.
  • There's no generic available and it can be expensive.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Injection
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Reviews
90 
62%
think this treatment is worth it
53%
think this treatment works well
17%
think this treatment is a 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 Cimzia (certolizumab) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Serious allergic reactions

    Latex allergy

  • Heart problems

    History of heart failure

  • Serious infections

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Cancer

    Taking other immunosuppressant drugs

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Nervous system effects

    History of nervous system conditions

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  • Serious infections

    Taking other immunosuppressant medications such as methotrexate or steroids

    ...and 3 more risk factors

  • Cancers

    Taking other immunosuppressant medications, such as azathiprine or 6-mercaptopurine, at the same time as Cimzia (certolizumab)

    ...and 2 more risk factors

  • Heart problems

    History of heart failure

  • Nervous system effects

    Multiple sclerosis

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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