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Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: I have ankylosing spondylitis, it was so bad that I couldn't get out of bed and just got worse. Started Enbrel, it would work for about 4-5 days then stop. I took it weekly. I stopped and tired Humira for 6 months and it didn't work at all, so went back to Enbrel and its working like it used to. It doesn't make the pain totally go away but it is bearable. Can't comment on price because I receive it from the VA.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Started Enbrel 4 months ago, and 100% pain and swelling reduction in a week. No adverse reactions except weight gain. So far, so good! Has made a huge difference in quality of life after 2 years of worsening symptoms at age 45.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthiritis at 22. Enbrel is great, helps a lot. Just like what everyone else says. The real reason for the review is I've seen on here a few people that complain of the cost and the impact it has. No one needs to suffer because of the cost of this medication. There is a program from Pfizer that helps cover the cost of this medication. I don't know how anyone could afford it without the assistance. Look it up at Pfizer. I'm sure most of you know this, but for those who don't, it's more than worth looking into. I pay $10 a month, way better than $2500.
Review by Raft of pills (taken for 5 to 10 years):
Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: On starting the self injection Enbrel, it took six weeks to take the pain away. Enbrel if I had it prescribed twenty years ago, my life would not be wheelchair dependent. My life is anything but painful. I can take part in daily life, enjoy all that can be given.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: Helped a great deal when I first took this for about two years, five years ago, for spondylitis, and now I've been taking it for 5 months and it's doing much less.
Review by gratefull grandma (taken for 2 to 5 years):
Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: When I started Enbrel, I had great results. All the staff at Enbrel was and still is a great support team. They have even enrolled me in the sharps container recovery program. The medication itself is amazing. I have had to try other meditation's as my insurance company did not want to pay for it at first but since they were told that I have tried other medications they do pay for it.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: I suffered for 10 years not knowing what was wrong. Ankylosing Spondylitis was taking my life in a painful way. Enbrel has been like a miracle, the pain was gone after the first day. If you are still suffering and other medicines are not doing the trick, ask your doctor to put you on Enbrel. After taking it for 6 weeks, my Ankylosing Spondylitis is 90% better. I'm 44 years old and bought an off road dirt bike and go out riding as often as I have time now. The only pain I have now are the bruises.
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Review by Russ Wilson (taken for less than 1 month):
Enbrel (etanercept) for Psoriatic Arthritis: Excellent , no need to say more. Life changing for me. I am happy and don't hurt anymore. I actually have knuckles and can close my hands. I wake up not hurting, since I just have got use to the pain I did not realize how bad my condition was. You have no CHOICE if you understand. I had taken all types of pills and creams, fish oil, vitamins and none helped. Third shot 12-11-2012.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Had severe rheumatoid arthritis for 6 years - pain uncontrolled by DMARDs. Prescribed Enbrel and my health improved 85%. Sadly, after using Enbrel successfully for 5 1/2 years, it stopped being as effective. Since tried Humira - didn't work. Now trying Roactemra infusions - some improvement, but lots of side effects. Really miss the quality of life that I had when Enbrel worked for me!
Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: Was diagnosed 3 yrs ago. Thought I'd had a stroke. Couldn't get out of bed on my own. I was reluctant to try Enbrel and decided to go natural with supplements, acupuncture, massage, etc. It worked for about 6 months but when I had flare up decided to try Enbrel. It has been a God send! Been on it over two years with no side effects. I am 62 years old. I went on line to find a good nutritional diet for rheumatoid arthritis. I stay away from dairy, eggs, wheat and some night shade veggies and NO sugar! I believe this staves off any negative side effected Enbrel might have! I take good supplements also. I go to the gym and do light weights 3 times a week and walk the rest of the time. I feel better than before I was diagnosed!
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Enbrel (etanercept) for Psoriasis: I was so glad when my doctor started me on the Enbrel shots. I wasn't sure it would work considering my body was totally covered. Although it started in my head but it wasn't long before it made it's way all over my body. I started the shots in Aug/2008 and by Nov/2008 I didn't look like anything was ever wrong with my skin.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: I had terrible rheumatoid arthritis for almost 2 years at a young age. I had it in both my knees and feet and it was going into my right arm. I was so miserable I could barely leave my house for school during the winter. Driving and running were impossible and walking even a short distance was extremely hard without Advil. I started Enbrel 2 weeks before my 18th birthday. The first day I took Enbrel I felt better. I was able to go to my senior prom without pain, it was great! I have been pain FREE with no side effects. I was skeptical at first but I'm SO GLAD I took Enbrel. The shot is painless too! I can't guarantee that it'll work as quick as it did for me, but if you suffer as I did, TAKE ENBREL. It has saved my life and I can finally be a normal teen again.
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Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis about 2 years ago after experiencing severe stiffness in the neck and shoulders. I could barely turn my neck at all. Within a couple of weeks of taking Enbrel I was fully flexible and back to my rightful age of 27. 2 years on and I even sometimes forget I have this illness. I recently stopped taking it for 2 weeks and I soon found out what wonders it was working! It is incredible.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: I have been taking Enbrel for 5 years which is how long I have had rheumatoid arthritis. My original symptoms which were affecting my mobility in the mornings went away in a few weeks. I now go through periods where I do not have any symptoms for months. I have mild stiffness in my feet in the mornings a few days after I experience a period of stress (like working through the night). This medication has changed the course of my life.
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Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: After 5 months on Enbrel no change! I've had rheumatoid arthritis for 3 years. Currently use methrotexate and prednisone which offers some relief. RA is gradually increasing.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Psoriatic Arthritis: I have been using Enbrel for almost 5 years now, but before I started on it I was almost pushed into disability because I was not able to do my job anymore, now I am about to turn 48 and I am thinking about taking up golf again, which was the first thing that I had to give up. Enbrel gave me a few more years to enjoy my life and not have to think about using a walker or worse.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Psoriasis: I have been on this medicine for just over a year now and I call it my 'life saver'. I was covered to 90% of my body and was getting to the point of not going out anymore. Within a couple of months the change was so noticeable that my friends and family were noticing and commenting on how good I was looking. This past fall, I joined an aqua-fit group. I've had absolutely no side effects, that is except for better self-confidence, better outlook, more outgoing and so much happier.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Ankylosing Spondylitis: I am a 14 year old. I was put on this medicine about 4-5 months ago and I have never felt better. I was walking around as if I was 90 and now I feel like a new person.
Enbrel (etanercept) for Rheumatoid Arthritis: I have had rheumatoid arthritis like symptoms for over 2 years with no regular treatment, only occasional prednisone when the symptoms were too severe to bear. After my symptoms seemed like they never went away and I switched doctors, I have just received my 4th dose of Enbrel and immediately felt a difference after the first shot. My coverage does seem to wear off around day 5, but I still feel better than I have felt in 2.5 years. I would recommend this medicine to anyone considering a treatment that won't alter your life's hectic schedule.
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