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Rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and even plaque psoriasis are just a few of the conditions that can be treated with Enbrel® (etanercept). This medication comes in injectable form, and is typically given once or twice a week. If you are comfortable doing so, you can give the injections to yourself, or you can receive them at your healthcare provider's office.
As a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor, Enbrel is effective against these and other conditions because it blocks the activity of TNF-alpha -- a chemical known to play a role in immune system reactions such as inflammation. As a result, this drug can help minimize symptoms such as joint stiffness and swelling. It can even help prevent additional joint damage from occurring in some cases.
In order to ensure its effectiveness, Enbrel must be used exactly as your healthcare provider recommends. Do not adjust your dose without your healthcare provider's approval and supervision, and do not take a double dose if you forget to take the medication.
(Click Enbrel to learn more about this drug's effects on the body, other conditions it can treat, possible side effects, and what to do in cases of overdose.)
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