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 310 168
Psoriatic arthritis 126 89
Psoriasis 80 36
Ankylosing spondylitis 53 24
Systemic lupus erythematosus 8 6

Show all 38 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 36
Moderate 46
Mild 92
None 139

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Etanercept

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 16
Injection site reaction 16
Headaches 9
Bruising 8
Immune system weak 7
Injection site itching 7

Show all 126 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Etanercept

Dosage Patients
50 mg weekly 65
100 mg weekly 2

Why patients stopped taking Etanercept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 141
Doctor's advice 70
Side effects too severe 57
Other 37
Expense 17
Change in health plan coverage 10
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 3
See all 253 patients who've stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 20
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 59
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 44
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 255
Usually 35
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 13
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 64
A little hard to take 82
Not at all hard to take 153
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 24
$100-199 8
$50-99 19
$25-49 35
< $25 133
Not specified 94

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Etanercept after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira) 29
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 28
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 11
Leflunomide (Arava) 10
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 7

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Etanercept and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira) 30
Infliximab (Remicade) 7
Abatacept (Orencia) 6
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 6
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 5

Show all 16 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

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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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