The (serious) side effects of Enbrel

Since reading yesterday the first-hand account of someone who came down with multiple sclerosis after taking Enbrel for his psoriasis, I’ve been reading up on the drug and all of the hideous side effects associated with the drug.  These include:

  • Serious infections including TB.
  • Nervous system problems, such as multiple sclerosis, seizures, or inflammation of the nerves of the eyes.
  • Rare reports of serious blood problems (some fatal).
  • Heart failure, including new heart failure or worsening of heart failure you already have.
  • Allergic reactions.
  • Immune reactions, including a lupus-like syndrome and lymphoma (a type of cancer).

When my dermatologist put me on Enbrel, she told me only about the increased chances of getting infections (including TB) and a higher chance of getting lymphoma.  She said nothing about seizures or fatal blood problems.  She didn’t say anything about heart failure or multiple sclerosis.

I guess it’s my own fault for not doing more research on Enbrel before taking it.  Then again, I never went to medical school.  I’m not a board-certified dermatologist.  I never even took high school chemistry.  What do I know about drugs?

When I don’t know something, I defer to the people that do.  That includes doctors.  Well, not anymore.  From now on I am not going to take a drug or a medication until I do my research.  I am not going to simply trust a doctor.

Not anymore.

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  1. Used enbrel for 10 years when I developed MS symptoms. MRI brain was neg. Cervical and thoracic MRI show lesions. Lumbar puncture results still pending. Post LP complications were bad. Debilitating headache except while laying flat. Dizziness and profuse sweating of my head. Tried high dose caffeine pills, fluids, naprosin Tylenol tramadol with very little effect. Had to have a procedure called a Blood Patch where 30cc of my blood was injected into the epidural space at the site of the LP Also got 2liters saline IV and 500mg caffeine IV . Felt great for a few hours then down hill. Back to the hospital for more IV saline and another 500mg caffeine. Better now

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