Etanercept, commonly known by the brand name Enbrel, is a medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. It is primarily used to treat autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, particularly those that involve joint inflammation. Here are the primary uses of Etanercept (Enbrel):
Etanercept works by targeting and inhibiting the action of TNF, a protein involved in the body’s immune response and inflammatory processes. By reducing the activity of TNF, Enbrel helps to control inflammation and reduce the symptoms associated with these conditions.
The use of Etanercept (Enbrel) should be closely monitored by a healthcare provider, as it can have side effects and may increase the risk of infections. The specific dosage and treatment duration may vary depending on the condition being treated and the patient’s response to the medication. Regular check-ups are typically recommended for individuals taking Enbrel.