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 321 174
Psoriatic arthritis 130 91
Psoriasis 80 36
Ankylosing spondylitis 52 24
Systemic lupus erythematosus 9 7

Show all 36 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 37
Moderate 47
Mild 93
None 144

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Etanercept

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 16
Headaches 9
Bruising 8
Injection site itching 7
Injection site pain 7
Weakened immune system 7

Show all 89 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Etanercept

Dosage Patients
50 mg weekly 58
100 mg weekly 2
25 mg weekly 1
50 mg three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Etanercept

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 146
Doctor's advice 74
Side effects too severe 59
Other 39
Expense 19
Change in health plan coverage 10
Course of treatment ended 9
Personal research 3
See all 263 patients who've stopped taking Etanercept

Duration

Currently taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 4
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 21
10 years or more 12

Stopped taking Etanercept

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 32
1 - 6 months 61
6 months - 1 year 55
1 - 2 years 48
2 - 5 years 37
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 10
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 261
Usually 36
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 14
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 14
Somewhat hard to take 67
A little hard to take 85
Not at all hard to take 155
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 24
$100-199 8
$50-99 19
$25-49 35
< $25 135
Not specified 100

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Etanercept after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Adalimumab (Humira) 31
Methotrexate (Apo-Methotrexate) 30
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) 32
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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