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Living with etanercept

FAQ items

Accessible advice online: Together Programme

As a person receiving treatment with Enbrel you have access to the Together Programme website. Content is released over the course of a year, specifically tailored to your condition, administration method and length of time on treatment. There are also a range of features that you may find useful; automated medication reminder, ability to set goals and a section to make any notes such as non-emergency questions for your doctor when you next see them.

You can login/register by clicking in the top right hand corner of this website. Please note that you'll need your Enbrel pack number to register.

Staying active

Although Enbrel may help you feel and function better day-to-day, there may still be things that are too difficult to undertake. Instead of dwelling on what you can’t do, focus your energy on what you can and do it!

Long-term medical conditions can sometimes make exercise a little difficult. But no matter what the challenge, it can usually be overcome with some simple adjustments. There are so many physical and emotional benefits to exercise, it’s worth finding a way to make it happen.

If you don’t have a physiotherapist, consider seeing one. They can identify areas you need to work on and help you choose the right exercises.

  • Try to get in at least half an hour of activity per day.
  • Do low-impact exercises.
  • Try stretching exercises.
  • Test but do not exceed your limits.
  • Stop or reduce your efforts if:
    • You feel severe pain
    • The pain persists after you have stopped
    • Your illness is in an active phase

Work life

Living with arthritis may affect many aspects of your life, and you may find that your condition impacts your performance at work. By maintaining your regular dose of Enbrel, it may help you function better physically

If you need to adjust your working environment, you should talk to your HR manager or an occupational health service. Some jobs, particularly manual ones, can be difficult to cope with. Talk to your doctor or nurse about your concerns and how realistic it is to continue in this employment.

Plan before you travel

There is no reason why you can’t travel with Enbrel, but you need to plan ahead. If you need advice on travelling with Enbrel or taking it while away from home, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Here’s a list of some key things to remember:

  • Make sure you stick to your dosing routine and that you have enough for the duration of your travel
  • Do not leave Enbrel in a hot car, bus or train unless your medicine is cooled
    • As a general rule, store Enbrel in a refrigerator at a temperature between 2°C and 8°C
  • If vaccinations are needed for the area you will visit, talk to your doctor well in advance. You may need to stop Enbrel temporarily before taking certain vaccines e.g. yellow fever
  • If you are flying ask the airline or appropriate authorities in advance whether you can carry Enbrel and injection materials in your hand luggage

For further information you can refer to the patient pack or Together Programme support website.

PP-ENB-GBR-0670. Oct 2017