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 3785 193
Psoriatic arthritis 481 93
Psoriasis 464 39
Ankylosing spondylitis 270 25
Polyarticular onset juvenile arthritis 29 8

Show all 40 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 163

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Etanercept

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 17
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 13
25 mg/0.5 mL m,w,f 1
40 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Etanercept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 158
Doctor's advice 80
Side effects too severe 63
Other 46
Expense 22
Change in health plan coverage 10
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 3
See all 286 patients who've stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 2

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 40
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 13
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 281
Usually 38
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 92
Not at all hard to take 172
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 24
$100-199 8
$50-99 20
$25-49 37
< $25 145
Not specified 110

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Etanercept after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 42
Adalimumab (Humira) 41
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 11
Leflunomide (Arava) 10
Infliximab (Remicade) 5

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Etanercept and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Adalimumab (Humira) 58
Golimumab (Simponi) 11
Infliximab (Remicade) 10
Abatacept (Orencia) 8
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 8

Show all 22 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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