Etanercept

Etanercept is often prescribed to help treat symptoms of inflammatory conditions that affect the joints and skin, such as rheumatoid arthritis and plaque psoriasis. It works by blocking a certain chemical in the body, which helps prevent an immune system reaction. The medication comes in an injectable form that is given once or twice a week by either yourself or a healthcare provider.

What Is Etanercept?

Etanercept (Enbrel®) is a prescription medication that is approved to treat several inflammatory conditions that affect the joints and skin.
 
(Click What Is Etanercept Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with etanercept. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
The most common side effects of etanercept include:
 
  • Reactions at the injection site (redness, rash, swelling, itching, or bruising)
  • Infections
  • Headaches
  • Irritated or runny nose.
     
Serious infections are rare, but can be a potentially life-threatening side effect.
 
(Click Side Effects of Etanercept to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
 
You can also read about other specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles:
 

 

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