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) 274 153
Psoriatic Arthritis 120 81
Psoriasis 80 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 83
None 126

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Etanercept

Side effect Patients
Injection site reaction 15
Fatigue 13
Bruising 8
Headaches 8
Immune system weak 7
Injection site itching 7

Show all 114 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Etanercept

Dosage Patients
50 mg weekly 44
50 mg five times daily 2
25 mg/0.5 mL weekly 1
2 x 25 mg/0.5 mL weekly 1
100 mg weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Etanercept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 121
Doctor's advice 67
Side effects too severe 52
Other 33
Expense 14
Course of treatment ended 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 3
See all 223 patients who’ve stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 6 months 50
6 months - 1 year 48
1 - 2 years 41
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 232
Usually 33
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 59
A little hard to take 78
Not at all hard to take 137
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 23
$100-199 7
$50-99 18
$25-49 33
< $25 118
Not specified 88

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Etanercept after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 21
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 15
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 8
Leflunomide (Arava) 5
Abatacept (Orencia) 3

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Etanercept and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 20
Infliximab (Remicade) 9
Abatacept (Orencia) 4
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 4
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 4

Show all 13 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: 1 star
  • 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: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 60
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 12 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
I am: vg
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See poppysmom's full Etanercept history

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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