What is Etanercept?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Enbrel SureClick Enbrel Enbrel Prefilled Syringe

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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 289 159
Psoriatic arthritis 129 94
Psoriasis 80 39
Ankylosing spondylitis 54 24
Systemic lupus erythematosus 8 5

Show all 39 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
Severe 34
Moderate 44
Mild 90
None 140

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Etanercept

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 15
Injection site reaction 15
Headaches 9
Bruising 8
Injection site pain 8
Immune system weak 7

Show all 114 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Etanercept

Dosage Patients
50 mg weekly 45
2,500 mg weekly 2
100 mg weekly 1
50 mg m,w,f 1
50mg/ml as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Etanercept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 131
Doctor's advice 69
Side effects too severe 55
Other 35
Expense 15
Course of treatment ended 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 3
See all 237 patients who've stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 29
1 - 6 months 54
6 months - 1 year 50
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 253
Usually 33
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 63
A little hard to take 80
Not at all hard to take 152
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 23
$100-199 8
$50-99 18
$25-49 36
< $25 132
Not specified 91

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Etanercept after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira) 25
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 21
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 10
Leflunomide (Arava) 6
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 6

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Etanercept and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira) 24
Infliximab (Remicade) 8
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 6
Abatacept (Orencia) 4
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 4

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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17 patient evaluations for Etanercept

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 (immune system weak)
  • 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

Apr 1, 2014 (Started Nov 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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