What Is Enbrel Used For?

Enbrel® (etanercept) is a medication that belongs to a group of drugs known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. It blocks the activity of a chemical (TNF-alpha) known to play a role in various immune system reactions, such as inflammation.
 
This means that Enbrel is used for conditions that target the immune system. Specifically, this medication is approved to treat:
 
People with these conditions often have higher levels of TNF-alpha in their system. By using Enbrel to inhibit the activity of TNF-alpha, it keeps the immune system from attacking the body, which relieves the associated symptoms and, in some cases, can keep further joint damage from occurring.
 
(Click Enbrel Uses to learn more about exactly how this drug works to treat the conditions mentioned here, whether it can be given to children, and possible off-label uses.)
 
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