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Are there any long term dangers to taking enbrel?

Are there any long term dangers to taking enbrel?

Enbrel: There are many potential dangers to taking enbrel, which should be discussed with your physician. Enbrel 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. ...Read more

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Since enbrel has lots of long term side effect why its not possible to change the med to other med with less side effect when ur RA is under control?

Since enbrel has lots of long term side effect why its not possible to change the med to other med with less side effect when ur RA is under control?

See details: Actually Enbrel is a reasonably safe drug over the long term. Stopping Enbrel will end its effectiveness and it is highly likely the arthritis will flare. If it wasn't controlled on milder meds before Enbrel it is highly likely it wont be controlled this time either. You can always try it if your rheumatologist agrees. I reserve the right to tell you 'i told you so.'. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis & prescribed enbrel. How effective, in the long term, are these injections? Any downsides? Thank you!

Recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis & prescribed enbrel.  How effective, in the long term, are these injections?  Any downsides?  Thank you!

Extremely effective: Tnf agents are extremely effective in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis. It is surprising that the side effects were not reviewed with you prior to starting the med. The major risk is infection with other possible side effects being reduced blood counts, liver inflammation, neurologic disorders and a possible increased risk of lymphoma. ...Read more

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7yr old on enbrel been having injection site reactions each time bigger than last. Last time 3.5inches long. At what point should she stop taking it?

7yr old on enbrel been having injection site reactions each time bigger than last. Last time 3.5inches long. At what point should she stop taking it?

Not dangerous: First, rest assured, the injection site reaction is not dangerous. There are several options: 1) try the prefilled syringe instead of injector. We see less redness and pain with this form. 2) ice the area immediately after the shot. This will decrease the reaction. 3) switch to alternate medication such as Humira. You should voice your concerns to your doc and discuss options ...Read more

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How long still I see results with enbrel?

How long still I see results with enbrel?

Few days to 3-4 week: Some people have a dramatic response, while others may take up to 3 months or more. Depending on how your joints are doing will aid your physician in telling about your response. It also depends on your diagnosis of the reason you are taking it: ra, psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or jia. ...Read more

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I started enbrel for as last may and had great results, but it took three months. I had to stop in jan. For two surgeries. Going back on now. Is it likely to take as long to be close to pain free?

I started enbrel for as last may and had great results, but it took three months. I had to stop in jan. For two surgeries. Going back on now.  Is it likely to take as long to be close to pain free?

Depends: It likely depends how bad of a flare you had while off of the enbrel.A more severe flare may take a few weeks longer on Enbrel before you are pain-free compared to if you have a mild flare if you are only taking it weekly, ask your rheumatologist if he/she recommends increasing frequency of dosing to twice per week for the first 3-4 doses to get you feeling better sooner.Consider nsaids for 2-3wks. ...Read more

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Why does it take so long for certain insurances to approve drugs like Enbrel? Do they enjoy making patients suffer while we're at their mercy?

 Why does it take so long for certain insurances to approve drugs like Enbrel? Do they enjoy making patients suffer while we're at their mercy?

See details: You have asked a very important question that continually frustrates patients and doctors. My cynical explanation is that it is always about money. ...Read more

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Is there a waiting period between changing from enbrel to humira? If so, how long? Then how long before humira begins to work?

Is there a waiting period between changing from enbrel to humira? If so, how long? Then how long before humira begins to work?

One week: I would start Humira one week after your last Enbrel injection. There is no hard and fast rule. I have seen Humira work as quickly as within two weeks and as long as three months. These medications should be given for at least three months before switching. Good luck. ...Read more

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