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When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to take Enbrel include the following:
  • The medication is taken as an injection once or twice a week.
  • Your healthcare provider may give you the injections or you can give them to yourself at home if you feel comfortable doing so.
  • If you will be giving your own injections, your healthcare provider should show you exactly how to inject Enbrel.
  • For Enbrel to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dose of Enbrel your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The medical condition being treated
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Enbrel Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Enbrel

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Enbrel. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects include:
  • Reactions at the injection site (redness, rash, swelling, itching, or bruising)
  • Infections
  • Headaches
  • Irritated or runny nose.
Serious infections are rare, but can be potentially life-threatening.
(Click Enbrel Side Effects to learn more, including other serious side effects to report to your healthcare provider.)
You can also read about specific side effects in the following eMedTV articles:
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