ETACEPT 25MG contains Etanercept which is a prescription medicine called a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blocker
WHAT ETACEPT 25MG IS USED FOR?
In adults (aged 18 and over):
It is used for moderate or severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, severe axial spondyloarthritis including ankylosing spondylitis, and moderate or severe psoriasis
For rheumatoid arthritis, ETACEPT 25MG is usually used in combination with methotrexate
Children and Adolescents:
It is used for Polyarthritis (rheumatoid factor positive or negative) and extended oligoarthritis in patients from the age of 2 years
It is used for enthesitis-related arthritis in patients from the age of 12 years
It is used for severe psoriasis in patients from the age of 6 years
Injection is given by a healthcare professional and should not be self-administered. You should use it regularly and at the same time each day to get the maximum benefit from it. Continue using it as recommended by your doctor and complete the dose even if you feel better.
Some common side effects of this medicine include allergic reactions, upper respiratory tract infection, itching, rash, and injection site reactions such as swelling, redness, and pain. Talk to your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away with time or get worse. Your doctor may help with ways to reduce or prevent these symptoms.
To make sure the medicine is safe for you, before taking it, let your doctor know of all the other medicines you are taking. Your doctor may also monitor your blood counts by taking regular blood tests to make sure the medicine is not affecting your blood counts. It is important for pregnant and breastfeeding women to ask the advice of their doctors before taking this medicine.
USES OF INJECTION
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
WARNING AND PRECAUTIONS:
TALK TO DOCTOR
Talk to your Doctor, if you:
Are allergic to etanercept or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
Or the child have or are at risk of developing a serious blood infection called sepsis
Have any major surgery
Or the child have a history of recurrent infections or suffer from diabetes
Have blood disorders
Have multiple sclerosis, optic neuritis (inflammation of the nerves of the eyes) or transverse myelitis (inflammation of the spinal cord)
Have a history of congestive heart failure
Have or have ever had lymphoma (a type of blood cancer) or any other cancer
Or the child are exposed to chickenpox
Have a history of alcohol abuse
Have wegener?s granulomatosis
BENEFITS OF INJECTION
In Ankylosing spondylitis
In Rheumatoid arthritis
In Ulcerative colitis
In Crohn’s disease
SIDE EFFECTS :
Allergic reactions such as trouble swallowing or breathing, swelling of the face, throat, hands or feet, feeling nervous or anxious, throbbing sensations, sudden reddening of the skin and/or a warm feeling, severe rash, itching, or hives (elevated patches of red or pale skin that often itch)
Blood disorders: bleeding, bruising or paleness
Nerve disorders: numbness or tingling, changes in vision, eye pain or onset of weakness in an arm or leg
Autoimmune reactions (where antibodies are made that may harm normal tissues in the body) such as pain, itching, weakness, and abnormal breathing, thinking, sensation, or vision
Lupus or lupus-like syndrome: weight changes, persistent rash, fever, joint or muscle pain, or fatigue
Inflammation of the blood vessels: pain, fever, redness or warmth of the skin, or itching
Infections: colds, sinusitis, bronchitis, urinary tract infections and skin infections
Injection site reactions: bleeding, bruising, redness, itching, pain and swelling
Serious infections: pneumonia, deep skin infections, joint infections, blood infection, worsening of congestive heart failure, low red blood cell count, low white blood cell count, low neutrophil, low blood platelet count, skin cancer (excluding melanoma), swelling of the skin, hives, eye inflammation, psoriasis, inflammation of the blood vessels affecting multiple organs
Failure of the bone marrow to produce crucial blood cells
Keep this medicine out of reach of children
Store in a refrigerator at 28°C
HOW TO USE INJECTION
HOW INJECTION WORKS
Etacept 25mg Injection is given by injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection). You, a friend, or a family member can be taught how to give the injections.
Some people feel better quite quickly after receiving the injection while others may take longer. Keep taking your medication.
Etacept 25mg Injection could make it harder for you to fight infections. It is best to stop taking Injection if you have a fever or think you have an infection, or you have been given antibiotics to treat an infection.
Have a tuberculosis skin test & chest x-ray done before starting Injection.
Get blood tests done regularly to keep a track of your arthritis and make sure that Injection is not affecting your blood counts.