etanercept

 

Brand: Enbrel

Application: Rheumatoid arthritis - Ankylosing spondylitis - Psoriatic arthritis

Young idiopathic arthritis (a type of arthritis in children) - Plaque psoriasis

 

 

 

Etanercept drug information

Contraindications to the use of etanercept

Etanercept drug interactions

Tips to consider before taking etanercept

Possible side effects of etanercept

How to store etanercept

 

 

 

 

Etanercept drug information

Drug Information: Etanercept is a biological drug used to relieve the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis; Used for psoriatic arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and the treatment of plaque psoriasis (a chronic inflammatory skin disease). Etanercept is a biologically produced drug made by humans, and its contents are similar to those produced in the body. Biologic drugs such as etanercept are sometimes called cytokine modulators or monoclonal antibodies.

Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Biologic drugs relieve inflammation caused by arthritis by blocking chemicals in the body. Etanercept blocks a protein called tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) (a protein that causes inflammation). Etanercept reduces the risk of joint damage by blocking it.

Etanercept is usually prescribed when other treatments have not worked or are not right for you. For the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, another medicine such as methotrexate may be prescribed with this medicine. Etanercept is not prescribed as a pill because it does not work if swallowed. It should be injected by your doctor or nurse.

 

Contraindications to the use of etanercept

  • Note the expiration date of the etanercept drug and do not take it if the expired medicine has expired.
  • Never give etanercept to anyone else, even if you have the same symptoms.
  • Do not take more than the dose of etanercept prescribed by your doctor.
  • Check for etanercept drug interactions and be sure to tell your doctor what other medications you are taking.

 

Etanercept drug interactions

Drug interactions may alter drug performance and increase the risk of serious side effects. Make a list of all the medicines (including prescription / over-the-counter medicines and herbal products) you use and share them with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not change the dose of your medicine without consulting your doctor or stop taking the medicine.

Some medications that may interact with this drug include: Abatasept, Interleukin-1 blockers (such as Anakinra, Canakinumab, Rilonasep), live vaccines (such as measles, mumps, polio, rubella, typhoid, chickenpox, jaundice). Other autoimmune diseases (such as azathioprine, cyclophosphamide).

 

Tips to consider before taking etanercept

Some medications are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and some medications may be prescribed if additional treatment is needed; Therefore, it is best for your doctor to know the following before taking etanercept:

  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • If you have heart disease.
  • If you have diabetes (diabetes mellitus).
  • If you have a history of blood disorders or cancer.
  • If you have ever had liver inflammation due to alcohol consumption.
  • If you have a history of any infection. Especially if you have ever had TB.
  • If you have conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), eye diseases such as optic neuritis, and spinal diseases such as transverse myelitis.
  • If you have a history of an allergic reaction to a drug.
  • If you are currently taking certain medications. These medicines include all the medicines available, whether you are prescribed them or taking them without a doctor's prescription, such as herbal medicines and complementary medicines.

 

Possible side effects of etanercept

All medications can cause side effects. But many consumers also do not experience any side effects. Some of the side effects go away shortly after taking the medicine. In case of persistent side effects, the physician should be informed:

  • Increased risk of infection, allergy-like reactions such as itchy skin rashes, reaction or tenderness at the injection site (such as bleeding, bruising, redness, itching, pain and swelling)

Important Note: Etanercept may cause blood disorders in you. See a doctor right away if you have symptoms such as sore throat, fever, and unusual bleeding.

Tell your doctor if you notice any specific symptoms that you think may be related to this medicine.

 

How to store etanercept

  • Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the medicine in a cool, dry place away from heat and direct sunlight.
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