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Psoriatic Arthritis
In a study of etanercept for psoriatic arthritis, the medication was shown to reduce pain and other psoriatic arthritis symptoms, including stiffness in the morning. Also, while the physical joint changes in most of the people who were not taking etanercept got worse, the joint changes in people taking it did not get worse.
 
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Clinical studies have shown that etanercept is effective at improving the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis. The medication also improved the physical changes that occur with this condition.
 
Plaque Psoriasis
In clinical studies for plaque psoriasis, etanercept has been shown to improve related symptoms. These studies did not include people with other types of psoriasis.
 

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to take etanercept include the following:
 
  • Etanercept is taken as an injection once or twice a week.
     
  • Your healthcare provider may give you the injections or you can give them to yourself at home if you feel comfortable doing so.
     
  • If you will be giving your own injections, your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject etanercept.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Etanercept will not work if you stop taking it.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of etanercept your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Etanercept Dosing for more information.)
  
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