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Are there any long term dangers to taking enbrel (etanercept)?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Enbrel (etanercept): Enbrel, (etanercept) like other immunosuppressants, always carries the risk of any infection becoming extremely serious/potentially life-threatening. Avoid live-virus vaccines. Use caution when travelling to areas of endemic TB or fungal infections. Lymphoma & other cancers may develop. Lupus & psoriasis may worsen. One must weigh the benefits of this drug against its risks.
Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Enbrel (etanercept): There are many potential dangers to taking enbrel, (etanercept) which should be discussed with your physician. Enbrel (etanercept) suppresses your immune system, which can increase the risk of many forms of infections, including upper respiratory infections, tb, hepatitis b reactivation, and opportunistic fungal infections. Immune suppression can also increase the risk of developing cancer such as lymphoma and leukemia.
Last updated Jun 25, 2014
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