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Enbrel® (etanercept) is prescribed in the treatment of several different types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. It can also be used for plaque psoriasis. This medication comes in injectable form, and is usually given once or twice a week.
Prior to prescribing this medicine, your healthcare provider needs a complete list of any other drugs you are taking, including nonprescription products, vitamins, and supplements, and a detailed medical history. Enbrel is not appropriate for everyone, and providing this information helps ensure that the right medication is used in your situation.
For example, people who have multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, or congestive heart failure may not be able to take Enbrel. In addition, people who are taking this drug may need to postpone certain "live" vaccines -- or even avoid them altogether.
(Click Enbrel for more information on this medication, including how it works, other important safety precautions, possible side effects, and more.)
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