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Arthritis and Rheumatism

Bleeding after Enbrel

02/13/2007

Question:

I have noticed the past few times I have to put pressure on the injection site longer to stop the bleeding then I use to. The last two blood test were the same thing. There is not alot of blood but it takes long for it to stop bleeding. I am takining Enbrel, MTX, Coversyl and Tiazac. I had a blood test 8 weeks ago and it all came back fine even the platelets. What could be causing this?

Answer:

People vary in how much they bleed from one time to another, even if there is nothing wrong with their clotting mechanism. Of the drugs you mention, I would be more concerned about Methotrexate than Enbrel. A new set of tests might be reassuring.

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Response by:

Irving  Kushner, MD Irving Kushner, MD
Professor Emeritus of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University