What is Enbrel?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Etanercept

Enbrel® is a brand name for the antirheumatic etanercept. This medication helps block inflammation and 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 91 57
Psoriasis 33 15
Psoriatic arthritis 26 15
Ankylosing spondylitis 19 6
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 13
Mild 30
None 41

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Enbrel

Side effect Patients
Headaches 5
Fatigue 4
Injection site pain 3
Bruising 2
Diarrhea 2
Nausea 2

Show all 37 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Enbrel

Dosage Patients
50 mg weekly 10
25 mg weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Enbrel

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 52
Doctor's advice 26
Side effects too severe 21
Other 15
Course of treatment ended 5
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 1
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Duration

Currently taking Enbrel

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

Stopped taking Enbrel

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 15
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 76
Usually 10
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 6
Somewhat hard to take 19
A little hard to take 25
Not at all hard to take 47
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 2
$50-99 7
$25-49 10
< $25 46
Not specified 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Enbrel after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira) 11
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 9
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 4
Leflunomide (Arava) 4
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 3

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Enbrel and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira) 7
Abatacept (Orencia) 3
Infliximab (Remicade) 3
Certolizumab (Cimzia) 2
Golimumab (Simponi SmartJect) 2

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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6 patient evaluations for Enbrel

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

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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Aug 15, 2010 (Started Jun 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weakened immune system)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

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