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Why Does Enbrel Sting So Much
How much does enbrel (etanercept) affect the immune system and how careful do I have to be around those who are sick? Can I be around them?
Immunodeficiency: Embrel is a powerful suppressor of the immune response. Patients should be screening for tuberculosis infections because it can get easily activated. It is recommended to avoid exposure to infections while receiving embrel because some infections might become unusually severe due to the depression of immunity. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
25mg of methotrexate and 25mg of enbrel (etanercept) is that to much for a 7yr old with jra and enthesisitis?
Probably not: Maximum recommended dose of Methotrexate (according to epocrates dosing guide, which I use a lot) is 30 mg/m2/week. For an "average" 7 year old (and I use that term loosely, because there is a huge range) that is 25 kg and 130 cm (55 lbs and 51 inches) that would be a max dose of 28 mg/week (bsa=0.93 mg/m2.) for enbrel, (etanercept) max dose is 50 mg/ week, with usual dosing 0.8 mg/kg (dose = 20 mg starting). ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe okay: Sorry for saying maybe, but there are no studies about using Enbrel (etanercept) while breast feeding. That said, it is unlikely that Enbrel (etanercept) passes into breast milk in large amounts. Also, Enbrel (etanercept) is not well absorbed orally, so a baby would not likely absorb a large amount of medication through breast feeding, either. If you need to use enbrel, (etanercept) it should be okay. Speak with your pediatrician. ...Read more
Enbrel (etanercept): Enbrel (etanercept) is a category b medication. There are several reported normal pregnancy outcomes after Enbrel (etanercept) exposure. A pregnancy registry is currently collecting additional cases. Since Enbrel (etanercept) is prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis and pregnancy generally improves the symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis, it is reasonable to stop this medication once pregnant. ...Read more
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