Etanercept Medicine is used alone or with other medications to relieve the symptoms of certain autoimmune disorders (conditions in which the immune system attacks healthy parts of the body and causes pain, swelling, and damage) including.
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Rheumatoid arthritis (condition in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, and loss of function)
Psoriatic arthritis (condition that causes joint pain and swelling and scales on the skin)
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA; a condition that affects children in which the body attacks its own joints, causing pain, swelling, loss of function, and delays in growth and development)
Ankylosing spondylitis (a condition in which the body attacks the joints of the spine and other areas causing pain and joint damage)
Chronic plaque psoriasis (a skin disease in which red, scaly patches form on some areas of the body)
Etanercept is in a class of medications called tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. It works by blocking the action of TNF, a substance in the body that causes inflammation
Etanercept injection comes as a solution (liquid) in a prefilled syringe and an automatic injection device, and as a powder to be mixed with a provided liquid. Etanercept is injected subcutaneously (under the skin). It is usually injected once a week. When etanercept injection is used to treat chronic plaque psoriasis, it may be injected twice a week during the first 3 months of treatment and then once a week after the first 3 months. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use etanercept exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
You will receive your first dose of etanercept injection in a doctor's office. After that, you can inject the medication yourself at home or have a friend or relative perform the injections. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to show you or the person who will be performing the injections how to inject etanercept. Read the written instructions that come with etanercept injection before you inject the medication.
Etanercept may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Redness, itching, pain, or swelling at the site of injection
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following side effects or those mentioned in the Important Warning Section, call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical help:
- Pale skin
- Blistering skin
- Swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, throat, arms, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
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