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Etanercept (Enbrel)

How you take it: By injection

How often you take it: 1-2 times each week

Most common side effects: Skin reactions or pain where you get the shot, sinus infections, headache.

Your doctor should:

  • Test you for tuberculosis and hepatitis before you take it.
  • Check you for infections including tuberculosis while you take it.

How it works: It targets tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a chemical your body makes that causes inflammation. Your doctor will call this type of drug a “TNF blocker.”

Golimumab (Simponi)

How you take it: By shot or IV

How often you take it: Monthly if by injection, every 8 weeks by IV

Most common side effects: Runny nose, sore throat, hoarseness, or laryngitis; pain, skin reactions, or tingling where you get the shot; and viral infections such as flu and cold sores.

Your doctor should:

  • Test you for tuberculosis and hepatitis before you take it.
  • Check you for infections, including tuberculosis, while you take it.

How it works: It targets tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a chemical your body makes that causes inflammation. Your doctor will call this type of drug a “TNF blocker.”

Infliximab (Remicade)

How you take it: By IV

How often you take it: Your doctor will decide on the dose and how often you should take it.

Most common side effects: Respiratory infections (such as sinus infections and sore throat), headache, coughing, stomach pain.

Your doctor should:

  • Test you for tuberculosis and hepatitis before you take it.
  • Check you for infections, including tuberculosis, while you take it.

How it works: It targets tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a chemical your body makes that causes inflammation. Your doctor will call this type of drug a “TNF blocker.”