When you use Enbrel for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, you're using a medication that is in a classification of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors. The medication works by blocking a substance in the body known as TNF that can lead to inflammation. TNF may also have other functions in the human body so when you are suppressing it with use of this medication it can have various effects. In essence, you are using the drug to affect the way that infections are being fought with the body's immune system. By reducing the function of the immune system, you reduce the problems associated with autoimmune disorders.
There may be some serious problems associated with the use of this medication, including the possibility for developing serious infections. These can include bacterial, viral and fungal infections. You should also talk to Dr. Lavery if you have any conditions that would further reduce your immune function, including HIV, AIDS, diabetes, hepatitis B and tuberculosis. If you have ever had a malignant tumor, it should be discussed with the physician before you start using this drug. Other medications may also interact with Enbrel negatively or if you take them together, the benefits may be reduced. This includes drugs such as prednisone, prednisone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone and azathioprine.
It can be difficult to live with the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Even though this medication does not cure and remove arthritis entirely it can help to reduce the symptoms associated with the condition. In doing so, it allows you a greater range of movement and a reduction in your pain so that it increases your quality of life.