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Atopica For Dogs 145 146
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
Great product I use atopica for both my dogs. It isn't cheap but it does seem to alleviate their allergies. Both of my dogs are also on limited ingredient food as well. I started them out at full dose for weight and size in beginning of April. I hope to decrease dosage and maintain results. 05/11/2013
Great meds, but you might need to play with dosage Gus, my 45lb bassett hound started taking 100mg daily, but it would cause vomiting every few days. So we talked to our vet and she recommended lowering the dose to 50mg, and half a tablet of ketoconazole. Ever since he has been right as rain. 05/05/2013
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My two Havanese have been on Temeril-P talets now for well over 3 years, while we started with full dosage have been able to keep itching to minimum with half dosage once a day. How does this drug compare to Temeril-P, and would it be a better drug, long term for my dogs. They still itch, but not as intense as without. Temeril-p is very expensive. Script only.
Answer:¬†temaril p is a combination of a steroid and antihistamine. For the long term, atopica would be safer (dog's can develop Cushing's disease, diabetes, infections from chronic steroid use) if your dog suffers from atopic dermatitis.
Answer:¬†Your veterinarian would need to decide if Atopica would be a possible choice to control your dog's itching. Temaril-P is a combination of an anti-histamine and a corticosteroid and will work on any type of itching. Atopica is immunosuppressant which is effective for dog's with atopic dermatitis or "skin allergies".Also, you need to consider the cost of Atopica, which is more expensive than Temaril-P. Thank you for your question.
Answer:¬†No, Atopica is used to treat atopic dermatitis (commonly called skin allergies) in dogs. For treat of mange, a veterinarian will first have to determine what type (Demodectic, Sarcoptic, or Cheyletiella mange) and then prescribe treatment base on the type of mange and the breed of your dog.
My Boston has been on Atopica for 3 months with absolutely no problems. Recently, the vet sad I could try to wean her to every second day and within half an hour of dosage, she is throwing up the pill. We have always kept them frozen and I'm wondering, why now, after 3 months of no problems, is she suddenly throwing up?
Answer:¬†Sorry to hear about your problem with your Boston throwing up her medication. Usually freezing will prevent this from happening. I think that in your situation your pet may have developed a sensitivity to the medication. You will need to speak with your veterinarian about this matter and see if he has seen this before and possibly have an answer for you. He may just decide to decrease the dose.
Answer:¬†Give Atopica 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. Atopica should be stored at room temperature. Keep away from pets and children. Do not remove a capsule from the blister pack until required for use. When the capsule is removed from the blister pack there is a characteristic, noticeable smell which is normal.
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