Enbrel Overview

Enbrel (generic: etanercept) is a prescription medication used to treat inflammatory conditions including moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and chronic moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults.  Enbrel is also used to treat moderate to severe juvenile idiopathic arthritis in children.  Enbrel belongs to a group of drugs called tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors, which help prevent inflammation.

This medication comes in an injectable form and is usually injected under the skin (subcutaneously) once or twice a week.

Common side effects of Enbrel include redness or pain at the injection site, upper respiratory infections, and headache.