Etanercept (Enbrel)

Enbrel (etanercept) is a biologic medicine that helps the pain and swelling of arthritis.

Enbrel is a very common treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Psoriasis, and Juvenile Arthritis. It can also be used to treat certain other diseases.

Enbrel works by blocking Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF), a type of signalling protein (cytokine) that is involved in systemic inflammation. Enbrel belongs to a class of similar medications called “Anti-TNF” agents.

Taking Enbrel

Enbrel is available as a subcutaneous (under the skin) injection that can be taken at home.

The manufacturer of Enbrel offers a support program to Canadian patients that are prescribed the medication:

Patient support program enrolment forms

Important Tests and Risks




Watch Dr. Andy Thompson, a Canadian rheumatologist, introduce Enbrel in this short video:


Enbrel Quick Reference Guide


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