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 312 169
Psoriatic arthritis 127 89
Psoriasis 80 36
Ankylosing spondylitis 53 24
Systemic lupus erythematosus 8 6

Show all 37 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 140

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Etanercept

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

Show all 92 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Etanercept

Dosage Patients
50 mg weekly 62
100 mg weekly 3

Why patients stopped taking Etanercept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 143
Doctor's advice 71
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 255 patients who've stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 32
1 - 6 months 59
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 45
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 256
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 154
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 24
$100-199 8
$50-99 19
$25-49 35
< $25 133
Not specified 95

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Etanercept after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira) 30
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 28
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 11
Leflunomide (Arava) 10
Sulfasalazine (Salazopyrin) 6

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Etanercept and switched to:

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

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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17 patient evaluations for Etanercept

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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Jul 25, 2012 (Started Jul 25, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly

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Jul 10, 2012 (Started Jan 05, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for rheumatoid arthritis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (rashes (redness, swelling), fatigue, nausea, itching)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: Enbrel helped clear up my acne which is nice. I combat the itching/swelling at the injection site by leaving the medicine out for 45min before injecting. Then I immediately apply anti-itch cream to about an inch or two circle around the site.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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