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Effects Of Going Off Enbrel
I am going on enbrel (etanercept) I know the side effects but want to keep my life as normal as possible. Any suggestion?
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
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?
Read more here:
http://www.Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a602013. Html.
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
Bad: You will be disoriented, dyscombobulated high and weak, dizzy, nauseated. ...Read more
Am taking now enbrel (etanercept) and methotrexate till now no side effects. If I kept taking them will I have bad side effect?
Impossible to answer: The risk of long term therapy is relatively low. Infection is the major risk but studies have suggested that Enbrel (etanercept) has less risk than other meds in its class. The benefits, however, are enormous. These meds prevent joint damage and deformity. ...Read more
Child has JRA failed enbrel and had side effects from it so dr gave choice humira or remicade (infliximab) Which is better? I'm confused snd do know what to do!
TNF Inhibitors: All the medications offered to your child work in similar ways the difference is how the meds are given. Humira (adalimumab) is an injection that can be done at home every two weeks, while remicaide is an IV medication that must be done in an infusion unit or hospital. These medication have similar side effects and benefits. My advice is try the medication that is least disruptive to your lifestyle. ...Read more
See below: The important side effects that have been most extensively related to tnf blockers include: lymphoma, infections including tuberculosis, congestive heart failure, demyelinating disease, a lupus-like syndrome, induction of auto-antibodies, injection site reactions, and systemic side effects. ...Read more
My RA doc wants me to take Enbrel/ Humira (adalimumab). Very afraid of the side effects & I'm already blind in 1 eye. What else can I take instead?
Talk to RA doctor: These are issues which need be discussed with your RA doctor. In medicine, most decisions made are based on risk/benefit ratio and without knowing that, it is impossible to provide you with an answer in this type of interaction. ...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?
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 on 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
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
Yes: Borrow from your doc a pdr. (physician's desk reference). ...Read more
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
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
Yes!: You can, but "hydroxycut" is a scam. Don't waste your money. This is not a worthwhile nutritional support for sporting activities! ...Read more
Enbrel (etanercept): Enbrel (etanercept) can start working in two to four weks. ...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
A friend noted that my son szs after coffee. He is on enbrel, (etanercept) and is very thin. Could my friend be right?
Unlikely: I assume you meant seizes and not sneezes. Very unlikely but why don't you give son coffee and see for yourself. Btw, how old is your son and why is he drinking coffee at that young an age? ...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
My child always vomits within minutes of her enbrel (etanercept) shots every week and is fine with her other shots is this normal and how can I prevent this?
Not normal: This is a known side effect of Enbrel (etanercept) but is not common or normal. You should discuss this with your Dr. There are other similar medications available to avoid this problem. There are also options for treating this side effect. ...Read more
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