Review: could Enbrel cause Stevens-johnson syndrome (Erythema multiforme)?
Summary: Stevens-johnson syndrome is found among people who take Enbrel, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take medication Methotrexate, and have Rheumatoid arthritis.
We study 174,971 people who have side effects while taking Enbrel from FDA and social media. Among them, 142 have Stevens-johnson syndrome. Find out below who they are, when they have Stevens-johnson syndrome and more.
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Enbrel has active ingredients of etanercept. It is often used in rheumatoid arthritis. (latest outcomes from 175,534 Enbrel users)
Stevens-johnson syndrome (an immune-complex-mediated hypersensitivity disorder. it ranges from mild skin and mucous membrane lesions to a severe) has been reported by people with convulsion, high blood pressure, epilepsy, ill-defined disorder, fever. (latest reports from 27,933 Stevens-johnson syndrome patients)
On Dec, 30, 2014: 174,963 people reported to have side effects when taking Enbrel. Among them, 142 people (0.08%) have Stevens-johnson Syndrome.
Time on Enbrel when people have Stevens-johnson syndrome * :
|< 1 month||1 - 6 months||6 - 12 months||1 - 2 years||2 - 5 years||5 - 10 years||10+ years |
|Stevens-johnson syndrome||41.12%||32.71%||1.87%||7.48%||14.02%||0.93%||1.87% |
Gender of people who have Stevens-johnson syndrome when taking Enbrel * :
|Stevens-johnson syndrome||74.84%||25.16% |
Age of people who have Stevens-johnson syndrome when taking Enbrel * :
|Stevens-johnson syndrome||0.00%||0.00%||14.02%||8.41%||10.28%||14.02%||24.30%||28.97% |
Severity of Stevens-johnson syndrome when taking Enbrel ** :
How people recovered from Stevens-johnson syndrome ** :
Top conditions involved for these people * :
- Rheumatoid arthritis (77 people, 54.23%)
- Still's disease adult onset (18 people, 12.68%)
- Psoriatic arthropathy (16 people, 11.27%)
- Arthritis (14 people, 9.86%)
- Psoriasis (13 people, 9.15%)
Top co-used drugs for these people * :
- Methotrexate (49 people, 34.51%)
- Prednisolone (31 people, 21.83%)
- Isoniazid (27 people, 19.01%)
- Folic acid (20 people, 14.08%)
- Sol-melcort (18 people, 12.68%)
* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.
** Reports from social media are used.
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