What is Etanercept?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Enbrel SureClick Enbrel Enbrel Prefilled Syringe

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Etanercept, an antirheumatic drug, is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used for moderate to severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in patients with inadequate response to other antirheumatic drugs; psoriatic arthritis; and active ankylosing spondylitis.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 269 146
Psoriatic Arthritis 119 80
Psoriasis 76 38
Ankylosing Spondylitis 50 22
Rheumatoid Arthritis 14 7
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 8 5

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 35
Moderate 43
Mild 80
None 120

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Etanercept

Side effect Patients
Injection site reaction 15
Fatigue 10
Bruising 7
Immune system weak 7
Injection site itching 7
Injection site pain 7

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Etanercept

Dosage Patients
50 mg weekly 39
50 mg five times daily 2
2 x 25 mg/0.5 mL weekly 1
25 mg/0.5 mL m,w,f 1
25mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Etanercept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 117
Doctor's advice 66
Side effects too severe 51
Other 33
Expense 13
Course of treatment ended 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 3
See all 217 patients who’ve stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 48
6 months - 1 year 46
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 226
Usually 32
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 58
A little hard to take 78
Not at all hard to take 129
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 23
$100-199 7
$50-99 16
$25-49 33
< $25 113
Not specified 86

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Etanercept after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 19
Methotrexate (Metoject) 14
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 7
Leflunomide (Arava) 4
Abatacept (Orencia) 3

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Etanercept and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 18
Infliximab (Remicade) 8
Abatacept (Orencia) 4
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 4
Methotrexate (Metoject) 4

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching to

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18 patient evaluations for Etanercept

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25yrRA
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25yrRA
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 55
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 20 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See 25yrRA's full Etanercept history

Aug 19, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA))
  • 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

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agoodwin
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agoodwin
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Sex: F
  • Age: 29y
  • Organ: Liver
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Mild
  1. Liver : 6y Transplanted
I have:
Liver Transplant

See agoodwin's full Etanercept history

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.

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poppysmom
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poppysmom
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 59
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: vg
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

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Apr 1, 2014 (Started Nov 15, 2011)

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

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