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Rheumatoid arthritis for 7 yrs. On methotrexate & prednisone. Tried so many drugs (orencia, enbrel, (etanercept) humira...). Feeling defeated. What else can I try?

Rheumatoid arthritis for 7 yrs. On methotrexate & prednisone. Tried so many drugs (orencia, enbrel, (etanercept) humira...). Feeling defeated. What else can I try?

Other choices: Some older drugs such as Plaquenil may help, especially with fatigue. There are also newer drugs that act via different mechanisms such as actemra (tocilizumab). I assume the diagnosis of RA is definite. If not, retest other possibilities. An exercise program may be very beneficial, especially if you start slowly and build up with hurting yourself. Don't give up hope. You can get better. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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What are the effects of the shot enbrel (etanercept)?

What are the effects of the shot enbrel (etanercept)?

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

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What are Enbrel (etanercept) side effects?

What are Enbrel (etanercept) side effects?

See details: Infection is the greatest risk. Other side effects include reduction in blood counts, liver disease, neurologic disorders and a possible increased risk of lymphoma. ...Read more

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Does anyone know side effects of enbrel (etanercept)?

Etanercept: Read more here: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a602013.Html.

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To start taking enbrel (etanercept) --any bad side effects?

To start taking enbrel (etanercept) --any bad side effects?

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

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Why am I having so much trouble with the enbrel (etanercept) autoinjector?

Why am I having so much trouble with the enbrel (etanercept) autoinjector?

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

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Dr. Robert Lowe
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Enbrel (Definition)

Enbrel is an immune system suppressor which is a kind of ...Read more