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Outbreak On Enbrel
Ed, I have PPP and just recently
started taking Enbrel, although it is not approved to treat this condition
yet, just plaque psoriasis. I
also have PA, and the Enbrel has helped this condition without a doubt,
but not with the Pustular Psoriasis.
In the last
week I have noticed what seems to be an outbreak of pimples or acne on my
arms legs and trunk and a few cysts on my thighs.
Do you know of anyone that has had this experience, and are you
currently still taking Enbrel? Thanks,
Response: I’ve reviewed the
“Adverse Reactions” section at the Enbrel
web site (under “Prescribing Information”) and found nothing
substantial about breakouts like you’ve described, Angela.
In one table of reported side effects “rash” was a category,
but the numbers of incidence seemed too low to exclude coincidence.
I concluded my
Enbrel “experiment” mid-last year after 9-months-worth of doses across
a 6-month period (3 months of regular 50 mgs/week, then 3 months of 100
mgs/week). In retrospect I
believe the Enbrel had a positive effect on my PA, but it did nothing for
my skin. One month into my
administration I was diagnosed with testicular
cancer and, for a couple of weeks, treatment with Enbrel was
suspended. We did, however,
tack those “missing weeks” onto the end of my treatment run so I could
report a full six months of treatment.
If any other readers have had a reaction similar to Angela’s while on Enbrel, please let me know. -Ed