Are you an avid golfer that can’t even enjoy a day out with your buddies anymore because of the intense arthritic pain that is causing you to become a couch potato? Do you experience pain in and out of a car or chair? If you feel like you’ve hit the wall too early, Enbrel may be able to help offer relief from your painful condition.
Enbrel claims to be able to help you get back your life by relieving arthritic pain and inflammation, easing skin conditions of psoriasis and increasing joint mobility.Like pro-golfer Phil Mickelson, can Enbrel score a hole-in-one or will it leave you in the sand trap? Let’s take a closer look and find out for ourselves.
What is Enbrel?
Enbrel is made with entanercept, a drug that works to block the TNF (tumor necrosis factor), a known cause of inflammation. This allows for inflammatory disease symptoms, including pain, to be dramatically reduced.
Enbrel is taken by injection and should only be used when prescribed by a medical professional.
Enbrel works to aid in the relief of the following inflammatory conditions: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Plaque Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) and Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).
Enbrel has hundreds of consumer reviews available for viewing, on various third party websites.
Furthermore, Enbrel has conducted clinical trials on this product since its inception almost 20 years ago and results have shown positive correlation for non-harmful effects.
We like that in addition to having access to consumer reviews and clinical trials, users of Enbrel are able to contact support specialists through the Enbrel website to receive answers to any additional questions or concerns.
Drawbacks of Enbrel
Unfortunately there are various potential side-effects that may occur with the use of Enbrel and some are considered serious. These side-effects include:
• Injection site reactions (redness, rash, swelling, itching, pain)
• Upper Respiratory Infections
And less common, but more serious side-effects:
• Risk of Infection
• Risk of Cancer – Especially in users who start taking this drug before the age of 18.
• Hepatitis B Infection (If you are a carrier of the disease)
• Nervous System Problems
• Blood Problems
• Heart Failure
• Allergic Reactions
• Auto-Immune Reactions (Including Lupus-like symptoms and Auto-immune Hepatitis)
Additionally, some users report that this drug worked for them for between 1 and 2 years and then they had another flare up of the disease after which the drug no longer able to provide effective relief.
What We Think
Even though there may be some serious side-effects, they do not occur in the majority of patients. Retailing at around $1,500 per month, unfortunately this medication is out of the price range of many people without insurance coverage. If you can get insurance coverage, we suggest that you talk to your health care professional to see if this medication could be the answer for you.