What is Etanercept?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Etanercept is an antirheumatic drug that helps block inflammation. It may be used to treat certain auto-immune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Rheumatoid arthritis 336 186
Psoriatic arthritis 128 92
Psoriasis 82 38
Ankylosing spondylitis 53 25
Systemic lupus erythematosus 9 7

Show all 37 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 38
Moderate 48
Mild 95
None 155

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Etanercept

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 16
Headaches 9
Bruising 8
Injection site itching 7
Injection site pain 7
Injection site redness 7

Show all 93 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Etanercept

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg weekly 19
25 mg/0.5 mL m,w,f 1
2500 mg weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Etanercept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 152
Doctor's advice 76
Side effects too severe 62
Other 44
Expense 21
Change in health plan coverage 9
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 2
See all 274 patients who've stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Etanercept

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 34
1 - 6 months 61
6 months - 1 year 60
1 - 2 years 50
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 274
Usually 37
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 15
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 66
A little hard to take 88
Not at all hard to take 168
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 24
$100-199 8
$50-99 19
$25-49 37
< $25 144
Not specified 104

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Etanercept after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methotrexate (Trexall) 36
Adalimumab (Humira) 34
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 11
Leflunomide (Arava) 10
Infliximab (Remicade) 5

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Etanercept and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Adalimumab (Humira) 36
Abatacept (Orencia) 8
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 7
Infliximab (Remicade) 7
Methotrexate (Trexall) 7

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Etanercept

Jan 6, 2019 (Started Feb 20, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: At first I had a 10 to 20% pain reduction. After aprox. 2 month it was 30 to 40%. But after that positive effect, I felt I needed my shot still closer, and in the end (6 month after start, a shot did not make any difference. We tried to boost it with some Solu-Medrol, but with no luck. Today I will start adalimumap "Hyrimoz" instead.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 31, 2018 (Started Feb 20, 2018)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Aug 19, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: Enbrel was prescribed for me in the pen injection form and I used it religiously for around a year. I never noticed any effects from it, neither good nor bad. VERY disappointing!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 9, 2015 (Started Jul 01, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for psoriatic arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weakened immune system)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Painful. Ice injection site for 20 min. Worth it with chronic pain control.

  • 0 helpful marks
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