Enbrel Medication - Uses & Side Effects
Generic Name: Etanercept
ETANERCEPT (Enbrel®) is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. It is also used to treat psoriatic arthritis, active ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriasis. Enbrel (Etanercept) is the first in a new class of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) drugs known as biologic response modifiers or you can say, it is also known as BRM's or biologic agents. ENBREL is a type of protein known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker, in which it blocks the action of a substance in your body's immune system makes known as TNF. People who have immune disease, such as includes rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and psoriasis, have too much TNF in their bodies. ENBREL is used to reduce the amount of TNF in the body to normal levels and it help to treat your disease. It works by reducing the actions of chemicals in the body that are involved in inflammatory and immune responses.
Uses of Enbrel
Side Effects of Enbrel
If you are using enbrel, then discuss the side effects of enbrel with your doctor and if you feel any develop or change in intensity, then tell your doctor immediately. Side effects of enbrel may include:
Warnings and precautions before taking Enbrel:
Drug Interaction:- If you are taking certain drugs with enbrel, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of enbrel. It may also cause another serious effects. So discuss with your doctor before combining enbrel with the following:
Combining Enbrel with other rheumatoid arthritis drugs, such as includes Kineret, can lower your resistance, and it may lead to a severe infection. Make sure your doctor known about drugs, that you are taking.
You should also avoid getting vaccinations that contain active, live viruses while taking Enbrel. But, other types of vaccines such as those with inactive viruses may be given during treatment with Enbrel.
After taking enbrel, if you feel that overdose is suspected, then contact with your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an etanercept overdose are not known. No harmful effects due to large doses of etanercept have been reported.
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