Enbrel is a medication used in the treatment of various forms of arthritis and psoriasis. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies provides patients who need Enbrel prescriptions at our home pharmacy or via free local deliveries for prescription refills.
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Enbrel, similar to Humira, belongs to a class of medications known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers. Enbrel is used in the management of certain types of psoriasis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. TNF is a type of compound known as a cytokine and potentiates some of the inflammatory processes in arthritis. Enbrel (etanercept) is thought to have a mechanism of action related to blocking specific TNF receptors, making TNF inactive biologically. Enbrel should be used carefully as it can increase the risk of getting serious infections.
Enbrel – Side Effects
Enbrel, like other medications, can cause side effects. Side effects resulting from Enbrel use include infections and reactions such as pain, redness or itching at the site of the Enbrel injection. Enbrel should not be given with live vaccines or with certain therapies, including anakinra, abatacept or cyclophosphamide. Anyone who has a known hypersensitivity or allergy to Enbrel, similar medications or ingredients in its formulations should not use Enbrel. Alcohol and Enbrel should not be used together. Additional questions and concerns about Enbrel and its side effects should be directed to one’s medical provider and pharmacist prior to use of the medication.
Enbrel is very expensive, sometimes costing over $1,000 per Enbrel 50 mg dose. Different cost sharing programs, including something called an Enbrel Co-Pay Card, are available to help reduce the out-of-pocket costs of Enbrel. Additional costs associated with an Enbrel prescription are sometimes covered by one’s insurance and Enbrel coupons are often available online through the manufacturer or other sources. Farmington Drugs & Medical Supplies takes pride in offering the most cost efficient services and prescriptions to our patients.
Enbrel typically is available as an Enbrel 50 mg single-use syringe, Enbrel 25 mg single-use syringe, and Enbrel 25 mg multiple-use vial. Enbrel is administered to the body as a subcutaneous injection, often starting with Enbrel 50 mg once weekly for adult patients with the final dose ultimately depending on the judgement of the prescribing medical provider. Enbrel has a mean half life of 102 hours. The pharmacokinetic profile of Enbrel is roughly the same in men and women. Enbrel needs to be refrigerated at temperatures between 2°C and 8°C but the package insert should be referred to for exact storage instructions.
Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.