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What is Atopica for Cats?

Atopica for Cats is an oral solution used to control feline allergic dermatitis (allergic skin disease) as seen as broken skin, including facial and neck. Signs of allergic skin disease include itching, chewing, licking, skin lesions and hair loss. Some cats may develop lesions that may even appear on the face and neck. Atopica requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For atopic dermatitis in dogs, we recommend Atopica
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For: Cats (at least 6 months of age and weighing at least 3 pounds)

Benefits:
Controls feline allergic dermatitis
Significantly reduces itching and skin lesions
Comes in an easy-to-administer liquid formulation and includes oral syringe
Most cats find the taste acceptable, but can be mixed with food

How it works:
Atopica for Cats is an oral solution that works by calming and soothing allergic skin conditions such as feline allergic dermatitis. It contains cyclosporine which stops the itching by blocking white blood cells from organizing and responding to infection. The oral solution is usually very well tolerated by cats and becomes easily absorbed in the intestinal tract.

Cautions:
Do not rinse or clean the oral dosing syringe between uses. Please see the directions inside the Atopica for Cats box to ensure proper technique. Do not give to cats that have a history of cancer, feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus or that are sensitive to cyclosporine.


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Brand Name
Atopica for Cats
Generic Name
Cyclosporine Modified oral solution
What is Atopica for Cats:
Atopica for Cats (cyclosporine modified) is an immunosuppressant available by prescription. Atopica for Cats is FDA approved for use in the treatment of feline allergic dermatitis in cats at least 6 months of age and weighing at least 3 pounds. Atopica for Cats is available as 5ml and 17ml oral solutions and comes with an oral syringe. The usual dose of Atopica for Cats is 3.2 mg/lb (7 mg/kg) orally 1 time a day for 4-6 weeks. Following this, the dose may be tapered to every other day or twice weekly as needed to maintain the therapeutic effect. Dosing of the liquid formulation is accomplished by a syringe that is marked with weight bands for easy dosing.
 
What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Atopica for Cats:
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has liver disease, kidney disease, cancer, high blood pressure, a viral, bacterial or fungal infection, or any other serious or chronic condition. Tell your veterinarian if your cat is pregnant or lactating, and if you plan to breed your cat.
 
How should this medication be given:
Give Atopica for Cats exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand these directions, ask your veterinarian or pharmacist to explain them to you. Always give Atopica for Cats with food or following a meal. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink. Store Atopica for Cats at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
 
What happens if I miss giving a dose:
Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and give the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not give a double dose unless otherwise directed by your veterinarian.
 
What happens if I overdose my pet:
Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment.
 
What should I avoid while giving Atopica for Cats to my pet:
The safe use in breeding, pregnant or lactating cats has not been determined. Do not use Atopica for Cats in cats with a known allergy to the medication. The drug should not be used in cats with kidney disease, stomach ulcers, and certain blood disorders. Prolonged use of Atopica for Cats can result in bacterial or fungal infection related to a decreased effect of the immune system.
 
What are the possible side effects of Atopica for Cats:
If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Atopica for Cats and seek emergency veterinary medical attention: an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue or face, and hives). Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving Atopica for Cats and talk to your veterinarian if your pet develops vomiting, soft stools or diarrhea, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, and change of hair coat. Other side effects may occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.
 
What other drugs will affect Atopica for Cats:
There are many drug/drug interactions that occur when taking Atopica for Cats. Tell your veterinarian what medications your pet is currently using and any new products, including herbal remedies you may start to give. Drug/drug interactions could cause a decrease in effectiveness or an increase in side effects of either Atopica for Cats or the other medication being given. Examples of medications that may cause drug/drug interactions are: SMZ-TMP (Bactrim, Septra), gentamicin, etodolac (EtoGesic), piroxicam (Feldene), ketoconazole (Nizoral), cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), itraconoazole (Sporanox), methylprednisolone (Medrol), erythromycin, Allopurinol (Zyloprim), metoclopramide (Reglan), prednisOLOne, digoxin (Lanoxin), any type of vaccination.
 
Where can I get more information:
Your pharmacist has additional information about Atopica for Cats written for health professionals that you can read.

Directions:

Atopica for Cats (cyclosporine modified) is a prescription medication that comes in a liquid form with an oral syringe for easy application.
Atopica for Cats can be used for cats at least 6 months of age that weigh at least 3 lbs.
Atopica for Cats should be administered on a consistent schedule in regards to meals and time of day.
If a dose is missed, the next dose should be administered without doubling as soon as possible. (Never give your cat more than one dose per day.)
Tip: Atopica for Cats can be administered on food or orally to your cat right after his or her feeding time.
Dosage:
Pet Weight Dosage
Cats: 3 lbs & over Give 3.2 mg/lb (7 mg/kg) by mouth 1x a day for 4-6 weeks or until resolution of clinical signs. Following this, the dose may be tapered to every other day or twice weekly as needed to maintain the therapeutic effect. Dosing of the liquid formulation is accomplished by a syringe that is marked with weight bands for easy dosing.
Dogs:
Horses:
Storage: Should be stored at room temperature. Keep away from other pets and children.
Atopica for Cats:
Active Ingredients Amount
Cyclosporine oral solution 100mg/ml
Atopica For Cats 4.5 5 15 15
Excellent Product This product works very well for my cat but why does it have to be sooooo expensive?! My cat will have to take it the rest of her life! Also, its $117.00 for 17ml bottle on-line but cheaper at $75,00 for same size at my vets (which is still much too high.) I though it was supposed to be cheaper on line. 07/08/2013
It works if you find a way to give it... Several months after I adopted my cat, Roxy...I noticed she was licking, chewing and completely removing the hair on her tummy and inside her back. After a complete allergy test (many needle pricks), her Dermotologist put her on Atopica and Hydroxyzine. After much trial and error and lots of stress for my kitty and me, I decided to add both to her wet food (she gets wet and dry) in the morning, when she's hungry. I keep the Atopica in the frig (a little trick her Dr. told me) as it has less bitter taste when chilled. I grind up the hydroxyzine pill and add that too. Voila...no stress for either of us, and she eats her food without hesitation. Best of all she still loves me, and her fur has, almost fully, grown back. 04/05/2013
A miracle cure My Ragdoll had such severe allergies he had no fur left on his face, front legs,behind and half of his stomach. My vet office had never seen such a severe case of allergies, they tried injectable steriods which did absolutely nothing and he had a bad reaction to that and finally got it under control with prednislone. My poor boy wore a cone for a month but his fur started to grow in and he was sleeping again. After 2 months on pred I tried to ween him off and it started again, tried a hypo diet which did nothing. My vet recommneded Atopica and I was desperate. WOW is all I can say, I started seeing results almost immediately and within a month and half his fur (with the exception of his tummy) has all grown back, his tummy fur is growing back but much slower. I have him down to every other day, tried every 3rd but started seenig alot more licking. This has been horrible to administer but I purchased caps and put it in there, I then wrap them with a thin film of pill pockets (they are the #3 caps so they are big) and if it is much bigger he can't swallow them easily and doesn;t eat them, I throw them down with his treats. The times he doesn't eat them I have to dose in his mouth, oh boy I have scars on my hands but the results it brings its worth the fight. This product has been a true Godsend and brought my baby back to me, albeit it is expensive but what it has brought me in return has been worth every penny. 03/17/2013
good product/bad taste Atopica is the greatest! HOWEVER, the liquid is so incredibly bitter that my cat went nuts, spitting, drooling, etc. So I tasted it! Holy cow! I can see why my poor baby was bouncing off the walls. If I were a cat, I'd run for the hills! He's 23 pounds, so we now give him the Atopica for dogs in pill form. MUCH EASIER!! Same medication. 01/25/2013
Works like a charm! My fur baby Lucy started scratching and licking her stomach/legs out of no where one day and just wouldn't stop. After a few weeks she was nearly bald so I took her to the vet to get steroid injections, which worked to stop the scratching/licking, but only for about 2 weeks and then it would start back up again. Plus I did not want to continue to submit my cat to those types of injections. Finally my vet told me about Atopica and suggested I try it every day for a month and see what happened. I love the fact that it's in liquid form and in a syringe so all you have to do is squirt it in your pet's mouth. The con is it tastes horrible and after a week your pet realizes when you're about to stick it in their mouth so it's like waging a war just to get them to take it. Here are two things that I have done that have made all the difference in the world. The first is I always give my cat the injection when she's dozing on the couch or on the bed. That way she has no idea it's coming and is half out of it when I pry open her mouth to squirt the medicine in. The second thing I did was fix the issue of the taste. My vet said I could get the Atopica flavored and I was quoted over $100 for one bottle. Ridiculous. One day I had a stroke of genius (it doesn't happen often) and thought about trying baby food. So I went and bought some turkey flavored baby food in a jar for about a dollar. When it comes time to give Lucy her medicine I just stick the syringe in the baby food jar and pull up the lever and put about 1 inch of baby food in the syringe. Then I put the syringe in the Atopica and continue to fill the syringe to the recommended dose. Then I put the syringe back into the jar of baby food and suck up a little bit more baby food. This way the Atopica is like sandwiched in between the flavored baby food. Ever since doing that the drooling has pretty much gone away and Lucy doesn't make nearly a big stink about it as she used to. I really think the baby food masks the taste really well and makes it a lot easier to go down. Plus that $1.00 jar of baby food lasts FOREVER. Lucy has been on Atopica for about a month and a half and I didn't start noticing any results until about 3 weeks in. So don't give up if you're just starting it. It takes some time to work. But it's like night and day when you finally start seeing the results. Lucy no longer scratches or licks her stomach and almost all of her hair has grown back on her stomach. I'm definitely going to continue to use this for another few months and maybe taper off to once every other day. 12/11/2012
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Scaling?

Is scaling of the skin a known side effect to Atopica for cats? My cat has been on this 5 weeks and just w/in the last week I noticed her skin is scaling down her spine and just flakes off~larger than dandruff, more the size of chunks of dead skin cells.
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Scaling of the skin is not a side effect commonly associated with Atopica. Consult your veterinarian for further information.
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Atopica for Cats

My cat will not take this in his food and i cannot administer it to him. Is there an alternative product, maybe in pill form?
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There are capsules available as either brand name Atopica or the generic Cyclosporine.
You can ask your veterinarian if it would be possible to give your cat the correct dose using
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Cat has been on Atopica for a week now and still scratching. Already tried prednosone, and that didn't work.
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our kitty had a serious issue and he was on the meds a full month before we actually saw results. But we recently thought maybe problem was solved and he has not had any for a little over a week and he's already back to having a small lesion. So time to get more! Our vet told us it takes a good month to really get into their system and build up.
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Give it some time. No one answered your question and I just saw it so you probably already know it by now. But it took about 3-4 weeks for my cat to stop scratching/licking and after about 1.5 months almost all of her hair has grown back. It takes some time but the results do happen!
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Since you have only be giving the medication for 1 week, you may want to continue for another week and see if there are any improvements. However, you should talk with your veterinarian about this and see if he wants you to continue with the medication or if he/she has any other recommendations.
Thank you for your question.
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how long can you keep it once opened?
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As in any product; it has an expatriation date. It varies on dose; according to ours it is 12 months.
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11 weeks
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11 weeks for the 17ml bottle. I think the smaller bottle was 8 weeks, but not certain.
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Once opened, the contents must be used within 2 months.
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There is a note on the box and the vial:
"Once opened, use contents within 11 weeks"

We started with daily 9 lb. doses for 2 weeks, then went to every other day for a month, then every third day for another month. Worked very well.

BUT, after 11 weeks we still had about 1/2 of the 17 mL left - what a waste.

So I guess we'll have to buy the smaller 5 mL vial which is more expensive.
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This depends on the does requirements. But if your cat has chronic issues and needs it all the time you can bet on one bottle not lasting more than a few months, perhaps even less.
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It depends on the dose recommended by your vet. It lasts about 1-2 months for us.
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The dose is based on the animals' weight, so the heavier the pet, the fewer doses per box.
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The dose is 0.032ml per pound (I think, it is close to this anyway).

The number of doses for your cat would depend on his or her weight...
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The atopica for cats is a liquid. The amount of time that the bottle would last for your cat depends on the dose that you are giving.
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