Chemical Name: ETANERCEPT (et-a-NER-sept)
This medicine is an immune response modifier used to reduce the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid or psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or moderate to severe psoriasis. Etanercept is also used to stop the progression of damage caused by psoriatic arthritis. It may be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with this medicine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking amphetamines such as dextroamphetamine, anakinra, lithium, salicylates, sulfonylureas, or decongestants such as pseudoephedrine. DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF THIS MEDICINE IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have any infection. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you have uncontrolled bleeding, recurring or ongoing infections, histoplasmosis, lupus, a central nervous system demyelinating disorder (such as multiple sclerosis, myelitis, optic neuritis), heart disease (such as heart failure), or history of tuberculosis. Use of this medicine in children under age 4 is not recommended. Discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of giving this medicine to your child. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking this medicine.
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. This medicine is administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. This medicine is sometimes used at home as an injection. If you are using this medicine at home, a healthcare professional will provide detailed instructions for its appropriate use. Ask any questions that you may have about this medicine or giving injections. DO NOT SHAKE this medicine. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if it is cloudy or discolored. Rotate the site where the medicine is injected. Do not inject into areas where the skin is hard, tender, bruised, red, or irritated in any way. STORE THIS MEDICINE in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. After mixing, the medicine may be stored in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C) for up to 14 days. Discard solutions mixed for more than 14 days. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF THIS MEDICINE, contact your doctor to establish a new dosing schedule.
DO NOT TAKE THIS MEDICINE if you have had an allergic reaction to it or are allergic to any ingredient in this product. IT MAY TAKE SEVERAL WEEKS for this medicine to work. Do not stop using this medicine without checking with your doctor. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LABORATORY APPOINTMENTS while you are taking this medicine. BEFORE YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL OR DENTAL TREATMENTS, EMERGENCY CARE, OR SURGERY, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY LOWER YOUR RESISTANCE TO INFECTION. Prevent infection by avoiding contact with people with colds or other infections. Do not touch your eyes or the inside of your nose unless you have thoroughly washed your hands first. THIS MEDICINE MAY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF BLOOD CELLS THAT ARE NEEDED FOR CLOTTING. To prevent bleeding, avoid situations where bruising or injury may occur. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE HAVING IMMUNIZATIONS (VACCINATIONS) while you are using this medicine. IF YOU HAVE NOT HAD CHICKENPOX OR MEASLES, avoid contact with anyone who has any of these diseases. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. FOR WOMEN: IT IS UNKNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking this medicine include pain, redness, itching, bruising, or swelling at the injection site; headache; or dizziness. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you develop a cold or any other infection, persistent sore throat, persistent fever, butterfly rash (rash on nose and cheeks), unusual tiredness or weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, numbness or tingling sensations, vision changes, pale skin, or unusual lumps. AN ALLERGIC REACTION to this medicine is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
YOU MAY SEE IMPROVEMENT OF YOUR SYMPTOMS as soon as 1 to 2 weeks after starting this medicine. Up to 3 months of treatment may be needed for some patients. DO NOT SHARE THIS MEDICINE with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS PRODUCT, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain local regulations for selecting an appropriate container and properly disposing of the container when it is full.