Review: could Enbrel cause Muscle Atrophy?


Muscle atrophy is found among people who take Enbrel, especially for people who are female, 60+ old , have been taking the drug for 5 - 10 years, also take medication Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis . We study 257,189 people who have side effects while taking Enbrel from FDA and social media. Among them, 106 have Muscle atrophy. Find out below who they are, when they have Muscle atrophy and more.

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Enbrel has active ingredients of etanercept. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from Enbrel 245,876 users)

Muscle Atrophy

Muscle atrophy (a decrease in the mass of the muscle) has been reported by people with nephrogenic systemic fibrosis, pain, gait disturbance, weakness, tendon disorder (latest reports from 6,173 Muscle atrophy patients).

On Aug, 20, 2016

257,189 people reported to have side effects when taking Enbrel.
Among them, 106 people (0.04%) have Muscle Atrophy

Number of reports submitted per year:

Could Enbrel cause Muscle atrophy?

Time on Enbrel when people have Muscle Atrophy *:

  • < 1 month: 11.11 %
  • 1 - 6 months: 22.22 %
  • 6 - 12 months: 7.41 %
  • 1 - 2 years: 11.11 %
  • 2 - 5 years: 18.52 %
  • 5 - 10 years: 22.22 %
  • 10+ years: 7.41 %

Gender of people who have Muscle Atrophy when taking Enbrel *:

  • female: 54.46 %
  • male: 45.54 %

Age of people who have Muscle Atrophy when taking Enbrel *:

  • 0-1: 0.0 %
  • 2-9: 1.28 %
  • 10-19: 1.28 %
  • 20-29: 3.85 %
  • 30-39: 5.13 %
  • 40-49: 10.26 %
  • 50-59: 30.77 %
  • 60+: 47.44 %

Severity if Muscle Atrophy when taking Enbrel **:

  • least: 0.0 %
  • moderate: 100 %
  • severe: 0.0 %
  • most severe: 0.0 %

Top conditions involved for these people *:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (53 people)
  • Psoriasis (12 people)
  • Psoriatic Arthropathy (10 people)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis (5 people)
  • Polymyositis (3 people)

Top co-used drugs for these people *:

  • Methotrexate (21 people)
  • Prednisone (11 people)
  • Folic Acid (6 people)
  • Humira (5 people)
  • Fosamax (4 people)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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