How do I take etanercept and how long does it take to work?

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Etanercept is only available on prescription from a consultant rheumatologist. It’s given once or twice a week by subcutaneous injection (an injection under the skin), and it comes in a pre-filled ‘pen’ device or syringe. You, your partner, or another member of your family can learn to give the injections. If this isn’t possible, your rheumatology nurse specialist or district nurse can give them to you.

The syringes and pens should be stored in a fridge at 2–8ºC and kept in the outer carton to protect from light. 

If you respond to etanercept you’ll probably feel better in 2–12 weeks.

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