Well I have been on enbrel for a year now. I love what it has done for my pain. The stuff literally made me pain free in two days after 15 years of chronic pain. I have ankylosing spondylitis.
Anyways about 5 months ago I started to develope more depression and then I also developed anxiety and even panic attacks.
I have brought up these other things only to say that it makes me uncomfortable to go to my RA doc. I really need to go back and get this straightened out.
Here is a common list of side effects and I have marked the ones that bug me(). Anyone else go through this? Wondering if I should go back to methotrexate instead of enbrel.
Enbrel side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. More common Enbrel side effects may include (abdominal pain), (cough), dizziness, (headache), (indigestion), infections, injection site reaction, nausea, rash, respiratory problems, respiratory tract infection, (sinus and nasal inflammation), (sore throat), vomiting, (and weakness). Less common Enbrel side effects may include abscess, altered sense of taste, blood clots, blood disorders and infections, bursitis, (chest pain), (depression), (diarrhea), difficulty breathing, (dry eyes), dry mouth, (fatigue), fever, flu-like symptoms, (flushing), gallbladder problems, hair loss, heart attack, heart failure, high or low blood pressure, hives, inflammation in the digestive tract, intestinal perforation, itching, joint pain, kidney inflammation, loss of appetite, mouth sores, multiple sclerosis, pain, nerve damage, raised patches of red skin, red eyes, seizures, stomach and intestinal bleeding, stroke, swelling in the arms or legs, swollen face and throat, tingling or burning sensation, urinary tract infection, vision loss, and (weight gain).
Also one thing that has really bugged me is weight gain. I have put on almost 35 pounds in a year. I have never been this heavy. 180 from 145 -150. I have acutally had to buy new clothes.