|Enbrel is used to treat the
symptoms of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis when
other drugs have proved inadequate. It is the first in a
new class of drugs designed to block the action of tumor
necrosis factor (TNF), a naturally occurring protein
responsible for much of the joint inflammation that
plagues the victims of rheumatoid arthritis.
In clinical trials, Enbrel provided the majority of patients with significant relief. In addition, it can be taken along with other drugs commonly used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, including methotrexate (Rheumatrex), steroids such as hydrocortisone and prednisone, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin and Naprosyn, aspirin, and other pain-killers.