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 313 169
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

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 144
Doctor's advice 72
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 256 patients who've stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
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 54
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

Apr 16, 2009 (Started Dec 16, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for inflammation in joints)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (injection site itching, injection site redness)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: I loved Enbrel; it didn't love me back. It stopped working so well after about a year. It was slightly problematic as well in that sometimes I had to wait to take it because the pharmacy had to special-order it. Fortunately I didn't have to travel with it; that would have been VERY problematic, as it has to stay at a certain temperature. I also had injection-site reactions. Sometimes the itching was so bad I'd scratch until I bled. All this taken together prompted my doctor to change my treatment to Orencia.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: injection site redness, injection site itching

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Aug 12, 2008 (Started Jul 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Severe (multiple sclerosis)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: If you have any kind of nervous system problem do not take this med
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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