Enbrel Risks

As a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor, Enbrel® (etanercept) works to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, plaque psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, and other conditions by blocking a specific chemical in the body (TNF-alpha) known to play a role in immune system reactions like inflammation. Although it is generally safe and well tolerated, there are certain risks associated with Enbrel use that you should be aware of.
For example, this medication can increase a person's chances of experiencing various infections, so it should not be taken if you have an active infection, even a skin infection. In addition, in rare cases, Enbrel can cause a person to experience dangerously low blood counts. Related symptoms, such as unusual bruising or bleeding, should be reported to your healthcare provider.
Enbrel also carries a risk of certain side effects, some of which are more serious than others. Injection site reactions, headaches, and dizziness are common side effects. Changes in vision, chest pain, and unexplained wheezing, however, are adverse reactions that require medical attention.
(For more information on this medication's potential risks, click Enbrel Side Effects and Enbrel Warnings and Precautions.)
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