Enbrel Injection

Enbrel® (etanercept) is a medication commonly used to treat several different kinds of arthritis, as well as plaque psoriasis. It comes in injectable form, and is usually administered once or twice a week. Enbrel injections are either given by a healthcare provider, or you can give them to yourself, provided you are comfortable doing this and your healthcare provider shows you how.
The exact amount of Enbrel that you will be prescribed depends on various factors, such as the condition being treated and your age. For example, when treating children and teens (up to age 17) with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, the dose is largely dependent on weight: 0.8 mg per kg per week (a little less than 0.4 mg per pound per week), up to 50 mg per week.
When injecting Enbrel, do not use an area of skin that is tender, bruised, or red, and rotate the injection site each time. This helps reduce injection site reactions. Dispose of used syringes in a puncture-resistant container.
(To learn more about when and how to inject this medication, click Enbrel Dosage. This article also offers dosing guidelines for specific medical conditions.)
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