Learn how ENBREL works
To understand how ENBREL works in your body, it’s important to look at the immune system to learn how back pain, swelling, and stiffness can start.
Your immune system protects your body from viruses, bacteria, and infection. But if it isn’t working right, it can actually harm your body. In some people, the immune system makes too much of a certain protein called tumor necrosis factor (TNF). In AS, too much TNF can cause inflammation. This can lead to the pain and stiffening in the spine caused by AS.
ENBREL is a type of medicine called a biologic (a treatment often made from living cells). It’s designed to attach to TNF proteins to help block their activity and help relieve the joint pain and stiffness of AS.
ENBREL can also help improve your range of motion in the spine.
See what improvement could look like for you
ENBREL has helped improve the back pain, swelling, and stiffness of people with AS. It can also help increase your range of motion in the spine.
In a medical study*:
3 out of 5 people with AS felt less back pain, swelling, and stiffness with ENBREL at 6 months.
* Your results may vary. Be sure to work with your doctor throughout your treatment with ENBREL.
What Dr. Grace Wright—a leading rheumatologist—tells her patients before starting ENBREL
Once you start ENBREL, it’s natural to ask yourself, when will I start to see results? Many people saw less back pain, swelling, and stiffness at 6 months.
Remember, ENBREL works differently for everyone. Some people see results quickly, while for others, it may take longer than expected.
Dr. Grace Wright can help you set expectations for when you’ll see results on ENBREL. She encourages patients like you to stay positive and keep taking your medication as prescribed. This way, your doctor can continue to monitor your progress and give you the best chance for success.