What Is Etanercept Used For?

Psoriatic Arthritis
Psoriatic arthritis is a form of joint inflammation in people with psoriasis (an autoimmune disease of the skin). Not all people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis. Some of the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include painfully inflamed joints and changes in the eyes and the fingernails.
Etanercept is approved to reduce the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. With this condition, etanercept does more than just improve the symptoms; it actually helps prevent joint damage and worsening of the disease. Etanercept is also approved for use with methotrexate for psoriatic arthritis.
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis is another autoimmune disease that causes painful arthritis of the spine. In people with this condition, the immune system begins functioning abnormally and attacks the spine. This results in pain and stiffness, especially in the lower back. Other ankylosing spondylitis symptoms include changes in the eye and recurring canker sores.
Etanercept is used to reduce the signs and symptoms of active ankylosing spondylitis.
Psoriasis is a fairly common condition of the skin and joints. It causes problems because the immune system attacks the skin and joints. Symptoms of psoriasis include scaly patches or plaques on the skin, especially near the elbows and knees.
Etanercept is approved for treating plaque psoriasis in adults (over age 18) with moderate or severe plaque psoriasis. The medication will improve the signs and symptoms of psoriasis, but it is not a cure.
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