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Posted : January 17, 2014
I am now injecting Enbrel for psioartic arthritis is it safe to dive

Posted : January 24, 2014
Thanks for the query.

Enbrel (etanercept) is an inhibitor of the immune system, sometimes used in inflammatory or autoimmune disease. There are a variety of serious side effects which can occur with the drug, mainly to do with increased susceptibility to infections. We also need to consider the effects of the psoriatic arthritis on your ability to manage the practical side of diving.

So the answer to your question is "maybe" - you need to see a diving doc for a full assessment.

Regards, Dr O
Answer provided by Dr Oliver Firth
Dr Ollie Firth
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