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All about: Enbrel Prefilled Syringes

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Generic Name: Etanercept 50 mg/mL Injection (et-a-NER-sept)
Brand Name: Enbrel Prefilled Syringes

Enbrel Prefilled Syringes is used for:

Treating moderate to severe forms of rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and psoriasis. Enbrel Prefilled Syringes may be used alone or with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Enbrel Prefilled Syringes is a type of protein called a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor. It works by blocking the action of TNF, a substance in the body that causes swelling and painful, swollen joints and raised, thick, red, scaly patches on the skin.

Do NOT use Enbrel Prefilled Syringes if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Enbrel Prefilled Syringes
  • you have an infection that has spread throughout your entire body (sepsis)
  • you have Wegener's granulomatosis and are taking a medicine that may weaken the immune system (eg, methotrexate, corticosteroids)
  • you are taking cyclophosphamide

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Enbrel Prefilled Syringes :

Some medical conditions may interact with Enbrel Prefilled Syringes . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have allergies to rubber or latex
  • if you have any kind of infection, including an infection that is in only one place in your body (such as an open sore), or an infection that is in your whole body (such as the flu)
  • if you have a history of infections that keep coming back or other conditions (eg, diabetes) that may increase your risk of infections
  • if you have tuberculosis (TB) or if you have been in close contact with someone who has had TB
  • if you have any numbness or tingling or a disease that affects your nervous system (eg, multiple sclerosis [MS])
  • if you have congestive heart failure, a blood disease, any lupus-like disease, rectal bleeding, shingles (herpes zoster), or Wegener's granulomatosis
  • if you are scheduled to have major surgery or any kind of vaccination

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Enbrel Prefilled Syringes . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Costimulation modulators (eg, abatacept) or interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (eg, anakinra) because the risk of getting a serious infection may be increased
  • Cyclophosphamide because the risk of developing cancer may be increased
  • Amphetamines (eg, dextroamphetamine), lithium, salicylates (eg, aspirin), sulfonylureas (eg, glipizide), or a decongestant (eg, pseudoephedrine) because additional monitoring of your dose or condition may be necessary

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Enbrel Prefilled Syringes may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Enbrel Prefilled Syringes :

Use Enbrel Prefilled Syringes as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • An extra patient leaflet is available with Enbrel Prefilled Syringes . Talk to your pharmacist if you have questions about this information.
  • If you will be using Enbrel Prefilled Syringes at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Enbrel Prefilled Syringes . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water before using Enbrel Prefilled Syringes .
  • Remove one prefilled syringe of Enbrel Prefilled Syringes from the refrigerator. Wait 15 to 30 minutes to allow the medicine in the prefilled syringe to reach room temperature. Do NOT shake the syringe. Do NOT remove the needle cover while allowing it to reach room temperature. Do not warm Enbrel Prefilled Syringes in any other way (do not warm it in a microwave or in hot water).
  • Do not use Enbrel Prefilled Syringes if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the syringe is cracked or damaged.
  • Rotate the site for each injection. Do not inject into areas where the skin is tender, bruised, red, or hard. Avoid areas with scars or stretch marks. If you have psoriasis, try not to inject directly into any raised, red, thick, or scaly skin patches.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • Do not miss any doses of Enbrel Prefilled Syringes . If you miss a dose of Enbrel Prefilled Syringes , contact your doctor to find out when to take your next dose.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Enbrel Prefilled Syringes .

Important safety information:

  • Enbrel Prefilled Syringes may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Enbrel Prefilled Syringes with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Enbrel Prefilled Syringes may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections. Tell your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
  • Enbrel Prefilled Syringes may reduce the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your blood. Avoid activities that may cause bruising or injury. Tell your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding. Tell your doctor if you have dark, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • If you have not had chickenpox, shingles, or measles, avoid contact with anyone who does. Contact your doctor if you come into contact with these infections.
  • Before you use Enbrel Prefilled Syringes , discuss your vaccination history with your doctor to be sure that you are up to date on vaccinations.
  • Do not receive a live vaccine (eg, measles, mumps) while you are taking Enbrel Prefilled Syringes . Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine.
  • It may take several weeks for Enbrel Prefilled Syringes to work. Do not stop using Enbrel Prefilled Syringes without checking with your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Enbrel Prefilled Syringes before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • If you develop any of the symptoms of TB (a dry cough that does not go away, weight loss, fever, night sweats), call your doctor. You will need to be examined for TB and have a skin test.
  • The needle cover of the prefilled syringe contains natural rubber (latex) which may cause allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to this substance. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to rubber or latex.
  • Use Enbrel Prefilled Syringes with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially the risk of developing infections.
  • Enbrel Prefilled Syringes should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 4 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Enbrel Prefilled Syringes while you are pregnant. It is not known if Enbrel Prefilled Syringes is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while using Enbrel Prefilled Syringes .

Possible side effects of Enbrel Prefilled Syringes :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dizziness; headache; pain, redness, itching, bruising or swelling around the injection site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); butterfly rash (rash on nose and cheeks); fever; mental/mood changes; numbness or tingling throughout your body; rash on your face and arms that gets worse in the sun; seizures; serious infection (bleeding, bruising, pale skin, persistent fever); swelling of arms or legs; unusual lumps; unusual tiredness; upper respiratory tract infection; vision problems; weakness in arms or legs.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Enbrel Prefilled Syringes :

Store Enbrel Prefilled Syringes in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep the prefilled syringes in the original carton to protect them from light until the time of use. Keep Enbrel Prefilled Syringes out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Enbrel Prefilled Syringes , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Enbrel Prefilled Syringes is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Enbrel Prefilled Syringes . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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