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 280 158
Psoriatic arthritis 127 90
Psoriasis 80 39
Ankylosing spondylitis 53 24
Rheumatoid Arthritis 14 7
Systemic lupus erythematosus 8 5

Show all 41 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 35
Moderate 44
Mild 87
None 137

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Etanercept

Side effect Patients
Injection site reaction 15
Fatigue 14
Bruising 8
Headaches 8
Injection site pain 8
Immune system weak 7

Show all 116 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Etanercept

Dosage Patients
50 mg weekly 48
25 mg/0.5 mL weekly 1
25 mg weekly 1
2 x 25 mg/0.5 mL weekly 1
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 126
Doctor's advice 68
Side effects too severe 53
Other 35
Expense 14
Course of treatment ended 9
Change in health plan coverage 8
Personal research 3
See all 231 patients who've stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 28
1 - 6 months 52
6 months - 1 year 49
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 248
Usually 33
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 13
Somewhat hard to take 60
A little hard to take 79
Not at all hard to take 151
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 23
$100-199 8
$50-99 18
$25-49 36
< $25 126
Not specified 92

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Etanercept after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 23
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 19
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 9
Leflunomide (Arava) 6
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 5

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Etanercept and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 21
Infliximab (Remicade) 9
Abatacept (Orencia) 4
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 4
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 4

Show all 14 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.

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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

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