Welcome to the Enbrel (Etanercept) social portal on PsoriasisPatients.com.
This page will connect you with all activities and content on our site that is, in one way or another, related to the Enbrel treatment. You can get access to blog entries, participate in discussion forums, view our members' treatment journals, answer opinion polls, help to answer questions or ask your own, enrol in a dedicated support group, as well as connect with people who have experience with the Enbrel treatment. The resources section is also available where you can get more information about the drug as well as recommend other helpful Enbrel resources. You may want to start with the basic info about this treatment below:
Drug name: Enbrel® (Etanercept)
How does Enbrel work?Enbrel is a biological treatment, which inhibits TNF-a activity, which promotes inflammatory reactions within the body. It is used to treat psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis patients, but can also be used to treat other autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Who is a good candidate for Enbrel?Enbrel is primarily used to treat patients with moderate to severe psoriasis.
What are possible side-effects?Flu-like symptoms, infections, and headaches are relatively common, as well as irritation surrounding the injection site. Rare, but serious side-effects include recurrence of tuberculosis, or nerve and heart problems.
Are there any other concerns?The treatment may slowly lose effectiveness over time. Psoriasis lesions will often return after two or three months of treatment cessation.
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Please note that this is a very brief and basic introduction to the Enbrel treatment. For detailed information about Enbrel, or studies related to Enbrel please look at the Enbrel Resources page.