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Are There Any Long Term Dangers To Taking Enbrel
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. ...Read more
Since enbrel (etanercept) 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 (etanercept) is a reasonably safe drug over the long term. Stopping Enbrel (etanercept) will end its effectiveness and it is highly likely the arthritis will flare. If it wasn't controlled on milder meds before Enbrel (etanercept) it is highly likely it won't 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
Recently diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis & prescribed enbrel (etanercept). 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
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
7yr old on enbrel (etanercept) 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 (adalimumab). You should voice your concerns to your doc and discuss options ...Read more
Enbrel (etanercept): Enbrel (etanercept) can start working in two to four weks. ...Read more
Why does it take so long for certain insurances to approve drugs like Enbrel (etanercept)? 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
I started enbrel (etanercept) 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 (etanercept).A more severe flare may take a few weeks longer on Enbrel (etanercept) 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
How long will it take for scalp psoriasis to go away after the initiation of enbrel (etanercept) 50 mg/week?
How long before methotrexate works for jra? How long do u need to be on it before adding another med like enbrel (etanercept)?
Is there a waiting period between changing from enbrel (etanercept) 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 (etanercept) 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
Does being on famciclovir prevent one from catching colds or viruses? I am on 250mg 2x day and will be for a very long time. I am on enbrel (etanercept).
How long do I have to wait to resume my enbrel (etanercept) following surgery for fusion of my big toe?
Need to discuss: With your surgeon.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have MS and can no longer use enbrel (etanercept) which worked great for my psoriasis....I started methotrexate 3 weeks ago and no real change yet, any ideas?
Suggestion: You possess a complex problem which afflicts several patients; i.e., two automimmune disorders. This creates a need to have very coordinated care from both a neurologist and a dermatologist, and you are advised to get a consult or two from a local medical school. The Methotrexate may yet work, as could take a few more weeks, but you may want to modify your ms medicine if needed. ...Read more
How long to wait, after takin antibiotic for a uti, before restarting enbrel (for arthritis), to make sure antibiotic clear up infection completely?
My daughter on methotrexate and enbrel (etanercept) is it ok for her to be around my mom who has MRSA on your arm pit? They packed it today how long to wait?
My mom has been using Enbrel and have diagnosed with Parkinson. Is that kind of Rheumatoid Arthritis biologic treatment dangerous for Parkinson or not?
Enbrel: And its use in the presence of a neurologic disease as Parkinson or in an elderly patient? A question of risk/benefit ratio, some biologicals need to be used with caution above age 65, enbrel is one of them, also in patients with demyelinating disease, Parkinson isn't, so this delicate and complex question need to be answered in a clinical context, the best to do so is the treating doctor/team, ...Read more
Potentially: Enbrel (etanercept) is in a class of drugs that can treat diseases such as ra. But it does have potential side effects such as serious infections. It can reacitivate TB so your doctor must do appropriate tests before you start the medication. The biologics can cause an increase in skin cancers. Also headaches, skin rashes, and local injection reactions can occur. Talk to your doctor, read about the med. ...Read more
Well tolerated excep: Despite the fda requiring the package insert to warn one of the development of cancer with the drug, there has been many studies refuting the increased propensity to develop cancer; either lymph, skin or other "solid tumors." the one big risk is infectious complications. The drug does not cause infections; but, it makes it difficult to fight off tuberculosis, fungal infections and viruses. ...Read more
Yes: Borrow from your doc a pdr. (physician's desk reference). ...Read more
I am going to start enbrel (etanercept) and I keep reading how sick people become. Is it more in the 1st few months?
Is it possible to build a tolerance to enbrel (etanercept) and how til it could happen. I'm haven't been on it a year and the effects are decreasing?
I'm on enbrel (etanercept) (autoinject pen), and have been keeping tabs on my body. It's been consistently low and is currently at 95.2, could enbrel (etanercept) be causing it?
Not a problem: Enbrel (etanercept) does not lower body temp. Buy a new thermometer. ...Read more
Try this: Ask to do the next injection in front of the person who trained you how to do it. That way she or he can make sure that you are doing it correctly. ...Read more
Bad: You will be disoriented, dyscombobulated high and weak, dizzy, nauseated. ...Read more
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