Without a Prescription
The use of Enbrel is known to decrease the levels of a protein that is naturally produced by the organism's immune system. This is helpful in the case of patients who are suffering from autoimmune medical conditions, as in such cases, the organism's immune system is known to mistake the patient's healthy cells for unwanted pathogens (invaders) and ends up attacking them.
The use of Enbrel is highly effective in treating the unwanted symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and so on. Other patients who had been diagnosed with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (this is the case of children who were older than 2) and / or plaque psoriasis (in the case of adult patients) have also benefited from a therapy with Enbrel.
Before your personal physician prescribes you a therapy with Enbrel, he or she will have to make sure that such a treatment is the best solution for your medical condition. For this reason, he or she will want you to undergo a thorough clinical evaluation. Your PD will take great interest in searching for signs of lung disorders, infections, weak immune system, asthma, diabetes, and so on. Your physician may also want to know as much as possible regarding your personal and / or family medical history.
All patients must be well aware that Etanercept (Enbrel) is not an actual cure for any type of autoimmune medical condition; the intake of this remedy can only deal with the unpleasant symptoms that your clinical illness is known to trigger. Children who are about to start a therapy with Enbrel should have already undergone all childhood immunization routines.
A therapy with Enbrel is known to increase the patient's risks of developing infections, easy bleeding and / or bruising, as the main components of Enbrel lower the individual's levels of the blood cells that are supposed to aid your organism fight away unwanted infections. For this reason, it is important that each patient who is being treated with Enbrel to stay away from crowds and / or from people who may be suffering from an infectious medical disorder. The use of Enbrel can also increase the patient's risks of developing certain forms of cancerous conditions (especially lymphomas).
Most patients are administered their doses of Etanercept (Enbrel) as sub-cutaneous injections. Such injections may be performed by an authorized health care provider. However, some patients who have chosen to receive their therapy with Enbrel at home were taught how to self-inject their medicine.
A pack of Enbrel is known to be accompanied with details regarding proper administration methods that should ensure an effective and safe use. You should carefully study these directions and ask for further explanations (if you require them). You must not inject your doses of Enbrel in the same place more than once in a row. Administration of the medicine into skin that is hard, red, tender or bruised is strictly forbidden. During one's therapy with Enbrel he or she will have to undergo regular blood medical tests.
It is important to obey all of your physician's instructions regarding your Enbrel dosing schedule. If you are not pleased with the results of your therapy, or if you are unable to stick to your therapy schedule you should alert your PD. Together, you will work out an appropriate solution. The dose of Enbrel that is prescribed to a certain individual is known to vary from one clinical case to another.
Although we do not have sufficient information regarding the most common clinical manifestations that may be associated with such a medical condition (Enbrel over-dosage), most scientists agree that they are not life-threatening (extremely dangerous) symptoms. However, a patient who has prescribed too much of Enbrel should alert their PD as soon as possible. Your local emergency call centre may give you further information regarding this matter.
Missed doses of Enbrel, or any other disturbances that affect the patient's therapy with Enbrel should be treated with the needed attention. One must seek the advice of their PD and ask him or her about the necessary measures that ought to be taken in such situations. No patient is allowed to use extra doses of Enbrel in order to make up for the missed doses unless he or she was instructed by their personal physician to do so.
Patients who are allergic to one or more of the main components of Enbrel may develop the unpleasant symptoms of an allergic reaction to Enbrel even if they have ingested only a single dose of this clinical remedy. Other severe clinical manifestations that may be associated with the regular use of Enbrel include: night sweats, weight loss, dry cough, chills, fever, flu-like symptoms, body aches, and so on. In case you develop any of these unwanted medical symptoms, we strongly advise you to cease your intake of Enbrel and seek the professional advice of your PD. Your physician may recommend you an alternative therapy method for your clinical condition or he or she may want to lower your dose of Enbrel.
The use of Enbrel is known to affect the patient's ability to start a therapy with other medical products (in order to avoid unwanted clinical interferences between the components of the two drugs). The most common medicines that are known to affect the results of a therapy with Enbrel include: Neosar, Cytoxan, Azulfidine, Kineret, and so on. For a more complete, more detailed list, we strongly recommend you to seek the professional advice of your local pharmacist or that of your physician.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Enbrel may also be known as: