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HELLO

I AM NEW SO PLEASE BE PATIENT. I HAVE RA AND STARTED ON ENBREL THE FIRST OF SEPTEMBER 05. I THINK IT IS GREAT. I DO NOT HAVE INJECTION SITE PROBLEM, HOWEVER, I HAVE EXPERIENCED A SORE THROAT FROM TIME TO TIME SINCE STARTING. IT IS NOT SEVER, JUST THERE. MY DR. HAS SWABBED MY THROAT, ORDERED CAT SCAN. NOTHING OUT OF THE ORDINARY. I AM WONDERING IF THIS IS A POSSSIBLE SIDE EFFECT OF ENBREL? ANYONE ELSE EXPERIENCED THIS? I CALLED 800 # AND SPOKE WITH NURSE. SHE INDICATED THAT 7% OF USERS HAVE HAD SORE THROAT, HOWEVER, WOULD NOT TELL ME IF IT WAS A COMPLAINT SHE HEARD FROM OTHER CALLERS. I HAVE NO FEVER AND I AM AT LOSS! WOULD HATE TO GIVE UP THIS MEDICATION AS IT HAS HELPED SO MUCH. ANYONE ELSE HAD THIS PROBLEM????

THANKS
SORBER :bouncing:
I also take enbrel 1 50mg shot per week. I have had very good luck with it also. You know when I read your post I was surprised! I too have noticed sore thorat from time to time, but never thought of it being linked to the Enbrel! Of course I take so much meds I never know for sure which is causing which problem! I will have to mention it to my Rheumy and see what she has to say!
enbrel and remicade are new drugs which is made through bio-technology. They are refer to ANTI-TNFs.

Sore throat is a common symotom because those drugs lower your immunity system, thus you are more prune to infection.

Despite its drawbacks, those drugs can halt the disease unlike NASIDS that only "mask" the disease.

This is what i found in the net for your info:
Enbrel, like all medications, has it's risks. There are things those of us on Enbrel can do to lower the risks of infections. Washing your hands often is the number one way. There are certain risks with Enbrel that can be very bad. These are very rare though. For most of us it has become a quality of life issue vs quantity of life.