Taking Etanercept during pregnancy, allergy warnings

Features questions and information about Etanercept structure, pregnancy & Etanercept allergy warnings. What should I ask before taking Etanercept .

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to etanercept, or if you have a severe infection such as sepsis (infection of the blood).

Before using etanercept, tell your doctor if you have ever had tuberculosis, if anyone in your household has tuberculosis, or if you have recently traveled to an area where tuberculosis is common.

If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using etanercept, tell your doctor if you have:

  • a weak immune system
  • any type of infection including a skin infection or open sores
  • diabetes
  • congestive heart failure
  • a nerve disorder such as multiple sclerosis, myelitis, or optic neuritis
  • epilepsy or other seizure disorder
  • asthma or other breathing disorder
  • if you have ever had hepatitis B; or
  • if you are allergic to latex rubber

FDA pregnancy category B. Etanercept is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether etanercept passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Children using this medication should be current on all childhood immunizations before starting treatment with etanercept.

Using etanercept may increase your risk of developing certain types of cancer such as lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes). This risk may be greater in children and young adults. Talk to your doctor about your specific risk.

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