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Review: could Enbrel cause Muscle atrophy?

Summary: Muscle atrophy is found among people who take Enbrel, especially for people who are male, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 2 - 5 years, also take medication Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.

We study 174,987 people who have side effects while taking Enbrel from FDA and social media. Among them, 69 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 175,550 Enbrel users)

Muscle atrophy

Muscle atrophy (a decrease in the mass of the muscle) has been reported by people with high blood cholesterol, multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, pain. (latest reports from 5,641 Muscle atrophy patients)

On Mar, 13, 2015: 174,980 people reported to have side effects when taking Enbrel. Among them, 69 people (0.04%) have Muscle Atrophy.

Trend of Muscle atrophy in Enbrel reports

Time on Enbrel when people have Muscle atrophy * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Muscle atrophy20.00%12.00%12.00%20.00%24.00%12.00%0.00%

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

Muscle atrophy48.75%51.25%

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

Muscle atrophy0.00%0.00%0.00%1.61%1.61%6.45%41.94%48.39%

Severity of Muscle atrophy when taking Enbrel ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Muscle atrophy0.00%100.00%0.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Muscle atrophy ** :


Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis (41 people, 59.42%)
  2. Psoriasis (16 people, 23.19%)
  3. Psoriatic arthropathy (13 people, 18.84%)
  4. Polymyositis (5 people, 7.25%)
  5. Anaemia of chronic disease (3 people, 4.35%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Methotrexate (18 people, 26.09%)
  2. Humira (10 people, 14.49%)
  3. Irenat (9 people, 13.04%)
  4. Clexane (9 people, 13.04%)
  5. Macrogol (9 people, 13.04%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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