A 49-year-old member asked:
how is enbrel (etanercept) used for treating rheumatoid arthritis?
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Dr. Thomas Namey answered
47 years experience Rheumatology
Second line.: While Enbrel (etanercept) can be used alone, it works better in tandem with methotrexate. It is given by subcutaneous injection once per week, the dose being dependent on body size. It is also indicated for psoriatic arthritis and spondylitis. Most insurers want the patient to have been on lesser drugs. These would include incomplete response to mtx, sfz, and ho-q. It binds to tnf-alpha, which caues inflamm.
Answered on Jun 25, 2014
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