What is Enbrel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Etanercept

Enbrel®, the brand name for the antirheumatic etanercept, 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) 77 49
Psoriasis 34 16
Psoriatic Arthritis 26 15
Ankylosing Spondylitis 17 4
Rheumatoid Arthritis 8 4
Polyarticular onset juvenile arthritis 4 6

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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 13
Moderate 11
Mild 27
None 36

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Enbrel

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 4
Flu like symptoms 4
Headaches 4
Infection 3
Injection site pain 3
Allergic reaction 2

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Enbrel

Dosage Patients
50 mg weekly 17
50 mg five times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Enbrel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 46
Doctor's advice 25
Side effects too severe 19
Other 12
Course of treatment ended 5
Expense 4
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Enbrel

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 3
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Enbrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 18
6 months - 1 year 21
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 66
Usually 11
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 18
A little hard to take 22
Not at all hard to take 41
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 2
$50-99 8
$25-49 9
< $25 39
Not specified 22

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Enbrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 7
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 6
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 3
Leflunomide (Arava) 3
Abatacept (Orencia) 2

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Enbrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira Pen) 5
Infliximab (Remicade) 4
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 2
Abatacept (Orencia) 1
Apremilast (Otezla) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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6 patient evaluations for Enbrel

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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 Enbrel 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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jamesjunior
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jamesjunior
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: M
  • Age: 35
Condition: Ankylosing Spondylitis
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Moderate
  • Physical: Mild
I am: n
I have:
Ankylosing Spondylitis

See jamesjunior's full Enbrel history

Nov 25, 2012 (Started Jun 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Ankylosing Spondylitis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: I found humera (adalimumab) very effective for 3 years. The effectiveness gradually wore off when my body became resistant. Switched to enbrel to see if there was any difference, I didn't respond. Perhaps when you become resistant to one, you are resistant to them all? I don't know for sure.

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llamaem
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llamaem
Data Quality: 1 star
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 33
Condition: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

See llamaem's full Enbrel history

Aug 15, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA))
  • Side effects
    Mild (Immune system weak)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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