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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Etanercept Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(et a NER sept)

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Pharmacologic Category

Antirheumatic, Disease Modifying; Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Blocking Agent

What key warnings should I know about before taking this medicine?

• Tuberculosis has been seen in patients started on this medicine. These patients were exposed to tuberculosis in the past, but never actually developed the infection. You should be tested to see if you have been exposed to tuberculosis before starting this medicine.

• This medicine may increase your risk of lymphoma and other cancers.

• Serious infections have occurred in patients who take these types of medicines. Talk with healthcare provider.

• This medicine does not mix well with many medicines. Serious reactions may occur. Check all medicines with healthcare provider.

• Please read the medication guide.

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to etanercept or any other part of this medicine.

• If you have an allergy to latex, talk with healthcare provider. Some products are contained in latex.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you have an infection.

How does it work?

• Etanercept is an arthritis-changing medicine. It reduces inflammation and helps reduce symptoms and protect joints from further harm.

• It reduces inflammation.

How is it best taken?

• This medicine is given as a shot into the fatty part of the skin.

• Your healthcare provider may teach you how to give the shot.

• Wash hands before and after use.

• Move site where you give the shot with each shot.

• Throw syringe away after single use. Do not reuse.

• Follow instructions closely if you or a family member are giving the shot at home.

• Throw away needles in needle/sharp disposal box and return box to healthcare provider when full.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible. There should be 3-4 days between each shot.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Do not take a double dose or extra doses.

• Do not change dose or stop medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2006-10-13 12:25:53.0

Modified: 2010-05-06 16:01:52.0

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