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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking etanercept if you have:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Congestive heart failure (CHF)
- Any disease that affects the immune system, such as diabetes, cancer, HIV, or AIDS
- Any condition that affects the blood, including blood-clotting conditions
- Any current infection
- Infections that come and go (such as cold sores)
- Plans to receive vaccinations
- An upcoming surgery
- A history of hepatitis B infection or tuberculosis
- Exposure to chickenpox or tuberculosis (TB)
- Wegener's granulomatosis
- A latex allergy
- Any other allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Enbrel and Pregnancy)
Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Etanercept to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
What Is Etanercept Used For?Specific uses of etanercept include reducing the signs and symptoms of the following conditions:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Plaque psoriasis.
Etanercept has also been shown to decrease the damage caused by rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. However, the medication is not a cure for rheumatoid arthritis or any of the other conditions mentioned here.