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etanercept (generic name)

Enbrel (brand name)

(et a NER sept): An antirheumatic - It is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in adults and children
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Etanercept (Hamster) Solution for injection

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

You will be tested for tuberculosis (TB) before you start this medicine. If your doctor prescribes any medicine for TB, you should start taking the TB medicine before starting this medicine. Make sure to finish the full course of TB medicine.

Call your doctor or health care professional for advice if you get a fever, chills or sore throat, or other symptoms of a cold or flu. Do not treat yourself. This drug decreases your body's ability to fight infections. Try to avoid being around people who are sick.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • changes in vision
  • fever, chills or any other sign of infection
  • numbness or tingling in legs or other parts of the body
  • red, scaly patches or raised bumps on the skin
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • swollen lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin areas
  • unexplained weight loss
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusual swelling or fluid retention in the legs
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • redness, itching, or swelling at the injection site
  • vomiting

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze or shake. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

You will be instructed on how to store this medicine.

NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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Last Updated

August 05, 2009

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