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Atopica For Dogs 158 159
Atopica for 2 yrs, 90% relief for Kai Ken My dog has inhalant allergies that are very difficult to treat. She seems to be stable now. In addition to Atopica, we have her on a limited raw diet -- Stella and Chewy's lamb and rice. She gets baths with hydrocortizone and other shampoos for allegies every week or two. We tried everything except shots because my girl is too wild to allow it. With Atopica, we have been able to taper off a bit, so it is now every other day, but I have to be careful to stick to the schedule or she starts itching. I search online for the best price and 1-800-Pet Meds is real good about price matching, which saves a lot of money. I recently discovered that 'Yucca Intensive" helps quell itchiness also, and it is very safe long-term w/ no side effects (unlike other medications given to boost effectiveness, my vet tells me.) 06/12/2011
Best Food Allergy Relief I'd been struggling to find the cause of my dog's allergies for months. It was clear that it was a food allergy but I was originally advised that a limited diet should help find the culprit ingredient. After limiting all popular proteins my poor pup was still licking and itching his groin, under arms and mouth. Rashes were a common issue for him but when he started to get a bacterial infection the vet recommended we put him on Atopica as well. Within days the redness and itchiness was gone and my pup and I couldn't be happier. We only wish we had found Atopica relief sooner. 05/17/2011
Product review When this product was first released several years ago, veterinarians got so excited in hearing all of the wonderful results for those frustrating skin allergy cases that deluge our clinics on a daily basis. And while it was often initially cost prohibitive for many clients, as we have learned to use this product more efficiently, and as the price has come down a bit, most of us have seen the outstanding clinical results with this great product. Inhalent/contact allergies(known as atopic skin disease) to molds, grasses, trees, dust mites, dander, ragweed and pollens, have been the most difficult skin cases to treat, with many clients returning to the clinics over and over again with increasingly larger bills, as we usually only temporarily alleviate the symptoms. Over the past several decades, general veterinary practitioners have often had to resort to antihistamines that are effective often up to only 20 percent of the time, or cortisone, which while highly effective in reducing allergy symptoms, often can have severe short and long term side effects. Now that we have atopica we truly have a safer alternative, other than referring clients to expensive dermatologists for skin and/or blood allergy testing, which often takes months of allergy vaccines to evaluate, and which only has a 65 to at most 70 percent improvement rate in these cases. In my hands I have had equal, if not more success to these allergy vaccines using atopica in these allergic pets, thus often saving clients expensive trips to veterinary dermatologists for extensive testing and repeated visits. While initially atopica is dosed daily for the first several weeks to a few months, we are then often able to decrease its use to once to three times weekly in many pets. This significantly cuts down on long term costs in managing this frustrating allergic skin condition. It is important for clients to realize that most of the experience and clinical data that has been generated with the main ingredient in this product called cyclosporine, has not been duplicated yet in cheaper generic alternatives, so it is important in my opinion to stick with the atopica brand name at this time. The only significant draw back I have seen with this product are the occasional nausea/upset stomach and vomiting seen in roughly 20 percent of treated pets. This can sometimes be overcome by actually giving it with a little food, or sometimes I will prescribe an anti nausea medicine such as pepcid or prescription metoclopromide to decrease the nausea before the atopica is given. To help cut down on the costs, we will sometimes get by with lower doses of atopica than listed on its packaging instructions , if we prescribe a drug called ketoconazole, which can increase blood levels of atopica at a lower dose. . Clients can talk to their veterinarians about using this prescription combination for this purpose. The only other major disadvantage I have seen with atopica is that with small dogs, the larger sized pill can sometimes be a problem in administering it to them, but hiding it in small amount of butter or peanut butter can often help it going down easier. Overall though, I highly recommend this product and give it an overall rating of 5, with an effectiveness of a 4, and an ease of use of a 3. 09/08/2008
80% percent effective I would rate the effectiveness of Atopica as 80%. I tried antihistamines with no relief at all. Steroids worked 100% , but have long- term effects on their major organs. I have been advised to do allergy testing, and then give an injection daily to start. I am not wanting to inject my pet everyday with a needle. Especially if it isn't going to completely stop the scratching, licking, and gnawing. She does this mostly at night when I am trying to sleep. I am thankful for the Atopica because at one point she scratched herself so much her eyelids were bleeding. It definitely has made a great difference for her. I wish it wasn't so expensive. It it would cost the same as the steroid, I would consider keeping her on it and canceling the allergy test. 02/20/2014
Caused Incontenence When taking a low doses of atopica (10 mg every other day, 14 lb dog) after about 6 months of use we began to notice that our dog had dilute urine and loss of bladder control. When taken off the drug over time her urine began to return to normal concentration and she regained her bladder control. The vets felt that there could be a cause outside of the atopica because loss of bladder control was not a listed as a drug side effect. The vet attempted putting her back on the drug, her incontinence and dilute urine returned after a few weeks of use and after the drug was discontinued, her symptoms disappeared. We spent thousand of dollars in vet bills and our dog need to be hospitalized and put on an i.v. drip for dehydration prior to the vets concluding that the cause was atopica. I would use this drug with caution, it has not been used in dogs for that many years and I think a lot of the side effects are not yet known. 12/29/2013
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How often should blood tests be done to monitor effects of Atopica and Rimadyl??
I am wondering if anyone out there has been using Atopica for a dog with an autoimmune disease and if so,for how long and what were the results? I have been using it now for about 3-4 months on my Finnegan. He first had ringworm and it took forever for it to get better but then his nails and ears were funky so biopsies were done and the state lab said it was bullous mediated dermatitis autoimmune disease. We tried all the meds and nothing worked so our last try is Atopica. Thanks. JoAnna
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Finnegan with Nellie(Collie mix) and Joey(shepherd mix)
Answer:¬†Atopica is an immune suppressant so it may be used in autoimmune diseases, the length of treatment will have to e determined by your veterinarian and will ususally depend on your pet's response to the medication.
My bichon is on maintenance (1 injection per month) allergy shots. However, this autumn his itchy skin is getting worse.
My dog has been on Atopica for cats oral solution 100mg for over a 1 1/2 years now, we just did the blood work required to keep using it. the results came back w/now exhisting liver problems. I want to know if I should take him off of atopica, will it help to increase his metabolism to heal.
Answer:¬†Hello, My dog took atopica a few years ago for about 6 months. She experienced loss of bladder control and dilute urine. The vets felt that she might be having problems with her liver or adrenal glands, after we took her off the drug her symptoms disappeared. We tried putting her back on the drug and her symptoms reappeared and disappeared after she was taken off the drug. After spending thousands of dollars in vet bills, we had multiple vet and specialists conclude that our dogs problems were caused by the atopica. If your dog has liver problems I would strongly suggest taking him/her off of the drug. Hope this helps!
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