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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.


More Information:
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 17 17
Great Product Our doggie Dermatologist prescribed this liquid for cats for my Boston Terrier as the dog med made him terribly lethargic. He currently takes the dose for an 8lb cat!(He doesn't know that-he would be so humiliated!) This drug works so well on him and helps him. It is terribly expensive but no more infections from scratching and no more steroids. 10/02/2014
it works! My cat Sophie started licking her hair out about 6 months ago, it started as a little patch that I was mildly concerned about but after a weekend away I came home to a half bald cat ( no exaggeration, in 2 days she had licked 40% of her hair off to the skin). To the vet we went, blood work we did, really expensive special hypoallergenic food we bought. Didn't work. Then the vet decided it must just be OCD, so we started the antianxiety drugs, they didn't work either but they say it can take a while so I soldiered on forcing a pill down her throat twice a day and buying cat food for $50 a bag. Then I decided a second opinion was needed so I took her somewhere else, they tried a different drug with no success except that it made my sweet, very lovable, lap cat horribly mean and grouchy. Then they decided maybe she has ringworm, did that test, negative. Then miracle of miracles they gave her a steroid shot to see if that helped at all, within hours I had my lovable cat back, unfortunately that's not a long term treatment option and it only lasted about 2 weeks while they ran tests. FINALLY, 6 months and $ 1000 later, they decided it must be a skin allergy (duh!) and gave her Atopica. She's been on it a little over a month now and her hair is starting to grow back and she is friendly and lovable again. And I stopped the stupid expensive food. She's only 10 pounds so that's like 3 drops of the medicine so the bottle will last 3 months at least, I've gotten really good at popping the syringe in the corner of her mouth and squirting before she really even knows what's happening. She did start refusing to eat her wet food right after I gave it to her, I guess because of the bitterness but now I just give it to her about 10 minutes before I feed her and she's fine. 05/27/2014
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
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How much to give.

My vet told me .03 ml but on the syrynge it seems so small. My cat is 10 lbs should I measure to the "10" mark or the "3" mark on the syringe.
5 months, 1 week ago
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the syringe is in pounds so you go to the 10. the 10 mark should equal .03 ml though.
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You will need to confirm the dose with your veterinarian because 0.03ml corresponds to 1 pound on the syringe. The 10 pound dose is 0.3ml.
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The 17ml bottle is available on the market. We currently do not have any in stock.
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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
the capsules.
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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.
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