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A 36-year-old member asked:

Anyone tried enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Many patients: Rheumatoid arthritis can often be controlled with some of the newer medications including enbrel (etanercept). Many patients are saved from irreversible crippling of the joints. The key is to get early diagnosis and effective treatment to prevent worsening. Enbrel (etanercept) is a biologic response modifier meaning that the drug is made by a biological system. The drug can be very effective. Untreated RA has huge risks.
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Dr. Robert Lowe
Pediatric Rheumatology 18 years experience
Absolutely: Enbrel is an excellent medication for rheumatd arthritis (ra). This is the standard of care along with low dose weekly methotrexate.Other tnf-inhibitors such as Remicade (infliximab) and Humira often work equally well. See your rheumatologist to get treated properly. Some people respond better to Enbrel than the other tnf-inhibitors--but as a class, they are great drugs.Highly effective, often no side effects.
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Dr. Arthur Mandelin
Rheumatology 21 years experience
See a rheumatologist: Enbrel (etanercept) and drugs like it work very well but are not commonly the first thing tried. Your treatment should always be customized to you and your issues. A rheumatologist can help.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

How is enbrel (etanercept) used for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
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.
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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Dr. Wenjay Sung commented
Podiatry 15 years experience
Agree with you. But I was just answering the question as it was written. I have no financial incentives or relationship with this drug or manufacturer.
Jun 12, 2013
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Provided original answer
The question was not how it works! Be a team player, answer questions, don't replicate an answer, & don't give unneeded info. I will censure
Jun 12, 2013
Dr. Wenjay Sung
Dr. Wenjay Sung commented
Podiatry 15 years experience
Maybe I read the question wrong. My apologies, thought it was a mechanism of action question.
Jun 13, 2013
A 32-year-old member asked:

How good is enbrel (etanercept) for treating rheumatoid arthritis?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Very effective.: But frequently unecessary in most of my RA patients. Combinations inclduing mtx with sulfasalazine, hydroxychlorquine, perhaps doxycycline, or Leflunomide should be tried before starting enbrel, (etanercept) unless you have overwhelming inflammatory disease. Noenthless, Enbrel (etanercept) with mtx is better than either alone!
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Last updated Aug 13, 2018

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