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

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Etanercept is taken once or twice a week as an injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection) using a pre-filled pen-like syringe – these should be stored in the fridge. You, your partner, or another member of your family can learn to give these injections at home.

If etanercept works for you your symptoms should start to improve over 2–12 weeks. Because it’s a long-term treatment, it’s important to keep taking etanercept (unless you have severe side-effects):

  • even if it doesn’t seem to be working at first
  • even when your symptoms improve (to help keep the disease under control).














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