Enbrel is used to treat some types of autoimmune conditions (diseases in which your body's defence system or immune system attacks healthy tissues), such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and skin diseases such as chronic plaque psoriasis.
Enbrel is usually used when other treatments have not worked well. It is a type of medicine called a TNF inhibitor. It works by blocking a natural inflammatory substance in your body called tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNFa). Enbrel helps to reduce swelling (inflammation) and weaken your immune system, thereby slowing or stopping the damage from the disease.
In New Zealand, Enbrel is available as an injection, which is given under the skin. Enbrel is available as a single-use pre-filled syringe and an autoinjector. The dose of Enbrel is different for different people, depending on its use.
Watch this video about Enbrel
Note: this video is from Canada so may have information that differs from New Zealand recommendations.
(RheumInfo, Canada, 2011)