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Also known as: Enbrel

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Summary of Etanercept reviews 155 reviews 8.1

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Had RA for 4 yrs after birth of my baby. I spent 2 years on various meds which did nothing for the pain Then put on Humira which worked wonders for nearly 2 years then started getting flare ups again so they put me on Enbrel 1st injection fine 2nd got small injection site reaction 3Rd injection got massive reaction at injection site & laryngitis Dr diagnosed cellulitis but after reading that laryngitis can be a symptom of allergic reaction I'm leaning towards an allergic reaction and am currently waiting a reply from my rheumatology team!"

   
7.0

The mad hatter (taken for less than 1 month) August 9, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: "Oh my god!! This medication is amazing. It's turned me into a brand new person. The debilitating swelling/stiffness in my knees, pain and grinding in my shoulders are ENTIRELY gone. The stiffness and lack of movement in my spine is very slowly getting better. I've been on it 3 weeks and I'm so much better. It took a very long time (3 years) and 6 Rheumatologists to finally get a doc to agree to trial me on a TNF inhibitor. The injection site reaction is super sucky. It have a big red itchy/burning rash where I inject for a 3-4 days after. I've made up a great cream to treat the symptoms, but gonna ask the Doc if I can switch to prefilled syringes."

   
9.0

smccormick22 (taken for less than 1 month) August 5, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Plaque Psoriasis: "15 year old that had severe plaque psoriasis, I tried everything from tropical ointments to solar treatment nothing worked. As soon as I started with enbrel I started to see results in about two weeks in less than 2 months I was 100% clear. Thank you enbrel (: !"

   
10

Wendy Mata July 21, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I've been on enbrel for about 2 years now. I can't go out in the sun because of the rash i get all over my chest and back ( side effect of enbrel) I never had any eye problems until I started using enbrel, now I need new glasses about every 6 months ( side effect of enbrel) . Do the benefits outweigh the side effects? In my case no! I'm done with enbrel."

   
1.0

RA patient 12345 July 17, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Psoriatic Arthritis: "It was a miracle medicine for me, but it caused an extreme break of Pustular Psoriasis, and I had to discontinue the medicine. Apparently it is one of rare side effects of the drug."

   
9.0

garbane July 10, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: "I was diagnosed with AS about 2 years ago but felt the pain last 5 years. I have tried everything and absolutely nothing has worked for me, lastly trying Humira which I was on for about 4months and no pain relief and then trying Enbrel weekly for 4 works now and haven't felt any difference at all so far, maybe it may take a lot longer to kick in :("

   
1.0

Lozzy543 June 28, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I realize my review may be very premature, but I wanted to offer some insight from someone who just started taking Enbrel. My first shot was 3 days ago and I already feel like a new woman. In fact, there was a remarkable difference the next morning - less than 12 hours after my first shot! I have had RA for over 15 years; diagnosed at age 16. I have been on methotrexate, leflunomide, and even vioxx back when that was still on the market. Nothing provided the relief I needed, but I was terrified to go on a biologic drug because of all the possible side effects. I finally bit the bullet and started Enbrel because the pain was unbearable and caused terrible depression and even thoughts of suicide. At least for now, Enbrel is a God-send!"

   
10

Nicole MO June 20, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "My husband has RA. His doctor sent him to the Indiana Heart Clinic to ensure he had no heart issues before they put him on it. In November 2012 Dr Daly released Tony saying he had NO heart issues so he started Emprel. In January 2013 Tony had a sizable aneurism on his aorta so he underwent heart surgery. In April due to infections he had a 14 Hour surgery to redo all he had done in January. He died on Mothers Day may 12, 2013 of infection. I'm saying that he had a good heart yet two month s after taking Emprel he doesn't. What are the odds? I would not recommend it. Just in case."

   
3.0

MLAdolay14 May 31, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: "I started Enbrel for AS 19 months ago. I had been diagnosed 46 years ago and had been taking Indocid SR and then when they stopped making the SR version switched to Voltaren. Even taking these potent drugs I was still with pain and problems as they only masked the symptoms. Within 6 hours of my first shot I was pain free and within 2 weeks was playing tennis again. I must say though that I do get sharp pains in my feet occasionally and I have put on about 20 lbs . all on the lower belly which my rheumatologist told me was a possible side affect. Another thing is my finger joints feel weaker and am having a bit of insomnia. But being pain free has helped my quality of life. I joined of a study group on it and share indo with others in it."

   
7.0

joe.sport May 26, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: "I am a 46 yr old female. I had my first flare at 19, but doctors couldn't figure out what it was. I wasn't diagnosed until 5 years ago. I have steadily gone downhill since the diagnosis. They tried me on all the medications they could before starting TNF blockers. I was put on Humira first and although it made me feel some better, my back measurements were getting worse. Then the rheumy changed it to Enbrel. I had terrible site reactions from Enbrel and also tremors. I now have a rx for Simponi but I can't start it until I finish a round of antibiotics for Sinusitis and Bronchitis. I'm so happy to read that some people are getting help from some of these medications and hope that Simponi is my answer to prayer and I'll get my life back!"

OregonNana (taken for less than 1 month) May 22, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: "I am suffering from AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis) for the last 25 years. My doctor (a rheumatologist) prescribed me Enbrel 50 mg weekly injection, which I continued for 1.6 years. The effect was great for the first 1-2 months but after that the effect of Enbrel plateaued. In spite of that I felt much better and started to lead a better life for the next 1 year or so. But the good news is that after a gap of one year (when I was without the injection) I found that my upper spine which was a bit bow shaped started becoming straight (not fully but to a great extent). That was really dramatic to say the least. I am grateful to this medication and will not mind taking it once again. One last thing, do not stop doing all the stretching exercises."

   
8.0

Ranjanb (taken for 1 to 2 years) May 20, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I was on steroid medication for almost a year, having tapering doses in between. My teeth enamel got disrupted due to side effects of steroid and my haemoglobin count decreased to 8gm%/dL.. After I ceased steroids, I became completely bed-ridden as all my joints were invloved excluding spine, not even able to move for a side change. My rheumatologist suggested Enbrel, and a single dose of Enbrel changed my entire life.. Infact I got a new birth! Now my four doses are done and I am as good as I was before this rheumatoid disorder. Very happy to have Enbrel. I would thank the inventor of Enbrel. Thank You !"

   
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Shilpa M April 7, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I've been on enbrel with other meds then finally with metrotexato since I was about 19 years old. The other meds I took were strong (harsh). So before I start, the absolute first credit in recovery goes to God. Now about the med, Enbrel, It really has helped me out in living a normal life (just add exercise)... Big difference from not being able to get up to being able to run again. Yet lately each time an injection has been made on my upper left arm, it feels odd. I feel as if the fluid is running into my veins going towards my rib cage. One time it felt as if it was going directly to my heart. Later it would feel warm in those areas, but giving it a few minutes later it would feel cool, oddly fresh. I would like to know if others have had similar symptoms."

   
9.0

Age: 25 March 29, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Just had my first injection yesterday. I felt better right away. I was really surprise at the fast response!"

   
9.0

Anonymous February 11, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Psoriatic Arthritis: "I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in my twenties and was on methotrexate and indomethicine as well as occasional prednisone. While the drug regime helped, my arthritis was continuing to damage joints and was really debilitating. Going on Enbrel changed everything and gave me a new lease on life. No symptoms and I'm very active. I feel like methotrexate took me to 60% and Enbrel did the rest-I have to continue to take both to get the results."

   
10

Richard A February 8, 2015

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For Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I have been on etanercept for 7 years but now it is stopped working"

   
7.0

Poppadom (taken for 5 to 10 years) January 18, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I had psoriasis start around the age of 20 and was not living a healthy lifestyle. After less than two years, getting healthy and topical treatments it went away (clobetasol was the best and tanning). About a year ago it came back with a vengeance (26 years old). It was all over - scalp (a lot), chest, stomach, back, legs, arms. I was so depressed, scared to date anyone, and went back to topical treatment which did not work at all. I tried oral methotrexate, steroids shots to my scalp, prednisone (worked briefly), but nothing would take me back to the days of just having a tiny bit on my elbows and scalp. Enbrel worked! My skin is completely clear outside of a little on my scalp but it's the best my scalp has ever been. Thank you Enbrel."

   
9.0

Jenny S. January 17, 2015

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Psoriatic Arthritis: "It helped but caused me to have elevated liver enzymes."

   
8.0

Anonymous (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 14, 2014

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Enbrel has worked well for me for about 4 years and it has been covered partly by my husband's former employer and Pfizer. It seems, however, that when I turn 65, it will barely be covered on Medicare and supplemental insurance due to Congress approving a renewal of the patent on Enbrel. Also, due to Medicare being a government program, it won't be covered. "

   
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out of luck when I'm old November 15, 2014

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "Have had rheumatoid arthritis for 5 years. Taking methotrexate for the whole time. It quit working as well. Just went on Enbrel 12 weeks ago, now have right arm swelling, pitting edema, trying to figure out what it is. I am 47 and shouldn't have any extremity swelling. Have never had any swelling of arms or legs. It is not DVT had ultrasound to rule that out. Common sense would say Enbrel triggered something. Hope it resolves and isn't anything serious."

   
8.0

shadbro (taken for 1 to 6 months) November 14, 2014

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Plaque Psoriasis: "I have been on Enbrel for Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis for over 8 yrs. In the beginning my Psoriasis was the worst but after having to be off Enbrel for 7-8 months in order to take immunizations my Psoriatic arthritis had gotten the best of me. I have been back on Enbrel now for 5 weeks of one injection of 50mg. I totally feel everything is going back to where I was. The Psoriasis is almost gone (which is great considering I was 90% covered within two months of stopping) but the arthritis is taking just a little longer. This medicine saved my life years ago. I am almost 48 and have suffered with this since I was 13."

   
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Anonymous (taken for 5 to 10 years) November 11, 2014

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: "I had been suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis for quite a number of years. I had tried NSAID's with very little improvement, therefore I had no option but to trial Anti-TNF therapy as a last resort. I had originally tried Humira without much improvement at all. I then went on to try Simponi, which improved my physical condition dramatically within the first day of the injection, however seemed to have a psychotic effect on my brain over the couple of months of been on it. I did recover once I stopped the Simponi. I then got onto Enbrel around sometime after and seemed to have improvement within a couple of days of having the injection. I did have itchiness which in hindsight was a minimal problem."

   
8.0

Druza (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 15, 2014

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I am so lucky I live in Denmark where it is free to get all kinds of medicines. Enbrel has been working quite well actually for the past 2.5 year, but recently my doctor recommend me to get out of it, and I started by pushing it with 3 days, and the 3 days made my knees swell up. Now I am back with the 7 days interval, but it wont really help as much as before. So, I guess it was too soon to get out of using it."

   
8.0

Asi (taken for 2 to 5 years) July 3, 2014

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in Feb. 2012 and started Enbrel the following September. I insisted on a biologic, as the methotrexate wasn't doing any good. I'm on 25mg twice weekly. I still have pain, my knees and left hip are the problem areas for me. I'm able to work, but still have to rest (ha ha! ) when I'm off. I would recommend Enbrel, the side effects have been minimal, compared to some of the other treatments."

   
7.0

still kicking (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 23, 2014

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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: "On it 9 weeks. Helps the rheumatoid arthritis, but I'm going bald very fast. Eliminated other DMARDs to confirm it is in fact the Enbrel. I can not lose all my hair, so I'm quitting it. It began falling out in clumps within the first week of shot #1. Too bad. Got the Enbrel card and it covered the cost."

   
8.0

no nick name (taken for 1 to 6 months) June 3, 2014

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