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Medical- Etanercept – for Arthritis

Etanercept

What is etanercept?

Etanercept is a type of anti-TNF (anti-tumour necrosis factor). It reduces inflammation. Read more >

Why is etanercept prescribed?

 
arthritis (JIA). Your doctor will decide whether to prescribe you etanercept based on your medical history. Read more >

How do I take etanercept and how long does it take to work?

Etanercept is usually given as a subcutaneous injection once or twice a week. If you respond to it you’ll probably feel better
 
in 2–12 weeks. Read more >

What are the possible side-effects of etanercept?

The most common side-effects of etanercept are reactions at the injection site (usually redness and sometimes itching), a

blocked or runny nose, nausea, mild fever, headaches, dizziness, a rash and stomach problems. It can also make you more

likely to develop infections.

You should tell your doctor straight away if you develop any new symptoms, and you should stop taking the drug and see

your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms of infection, if you haven’t had chickenpox and you come into contact

with someone who has chickenpox or shingle, or if you develop chickenpox or shingles.

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What are the risks of taking etanercept?

  1. may make you more likely to pick up infections and it’s recommended that you avoid live vaccines. You should only drink alcohol in small amounts if you’re on both etanercept and methotrexate.

If you’re female, you should use contraception while on etanercept as we don’t yet know how it might affect an unborn baby.

Breastfeeding isn’t recommended while on etanercept.

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What else should I know about etanercept?

Before you start taking etanercept, your doctor and rheumatology nurse specialist will discuss other treatment options with

you. You’ll probably have screening for tuberculosis (TB) or hepatitis, as well as blood tests.

While taking etanercept, you should discuss any new medications (including complementary medicines) with your doctor

before you start them. Always tell any other doctor treating you that you’re on etanercept and carry a biological therapy alert

card. If you need an operation, speak to your doctor about whether you need to stop taking etanercept before the surgery.

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– See more at: http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/drugs/etanercept.aspx#sthash.1aeAWhDm.dpuf

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