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Skin allergy medication
 
  • Treats allergic skin disease
  • Provides relief from itching
  • Available in four strengths
  • No steroids (but there are side effects to Atopica that can be considered serious)
  • FDA-Approved and can be used long-term
  • For dogs only
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    What is Atopica?

    Atopica is used to treat atopic dermatitis (commonly called skin allergies) in dogs. Signs of skin allergies include itching, scratching, licking, gnawing, chewing, skin infections, hair loss, terrible odor, and sleepless nights. Atopica requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

    For skin allergy treatment for cats, we recommend, Atopica for Cats
    Atopica for Skin Allergies at PetMeds

    For: Dogs (at least 6 months of age and weighing at least 4 pounds)

    Benefits:
    Significantly reduces itching and skin lesions
    Proven effective in most dogs
    Allows you to control your pet's problem without steroids
    Safe to use over long periods without the serious side effects usually associated with steroids

    How it works:
    Atopica targets the immune cells involved in the allergic reaction. You usually only administer one dose a day to control symptoms, but many dogs can be effectively controlled with every-other-day or twice-weekly dosing.

    Cautions:
    There are many possible drug interactions. Be sure to tell your veterinarian what other medications your pet is currently using. Give Atopica at least one hour before food or 2 hours after food.


    More Information:
    Brand Name
    Atopica (Novartis)
    Generic Name
    Cyclosporine Modified

    What is the most important information I should know about Atopica: Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet develops fever (over 103į), painful urination, tiredness, sneezing, coughing, or runny nose.These symptoms could be early signs of dangerous side effects.

    What is Atopica: Atopica (cyclosporine modified) is an immunosuppressant available by prescription. Atopica is FDA approved for use in the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 6 months of age weighing at least 4 pounds. Atopica is available in 15 capsule blister packs in strengths of 10mg for dogs 4 to 9 pounds, 25mg for dogs 9.1 to 16 pounds, 50mg for dogs 16.1 to 33 pounds and 100mg for dogs 33.1 to 64 lbs. For dogs 64.1 to 79 pounds give a combination of one 100mg capsule and one 50mg capsule as a single dose. For dogs 79.1 to 121 pounds give two 100mg capsules as a single dose. Atopica for dogs is given once a day to start until satisfactory improvement is seen, usually 4 to 8 weeks. The medication can then be given every other day until the clinical signs of atopic dermatitis are satisfactorily controlled, then the medication can be given every 3 or 4 days.

    What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Atopica: 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 pet is pregnant or lactating, and if you plan to breed your pet.

    How should this medication be given: Give Atopica exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand these directions, ask your veterinarian or pharmacist to explain them to you. Give Atopica 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink. 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. Your veterinarian may want your pet to have regularly scheduled blood tests during treatment to monitor effectiveness and side effects. Store Atopica 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 the pet: Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment.

    What should I avoid while giving Atopica to my pet: The safe use in breeding, pregnant or lactating pets has not been determined. Do not use Atopica in pets with known allergy to the medication. The drug should not be used in pets with kidney disease, stomach ulcers, and certain blood disorders. Prolonged use of Atopica can result in bacterial or fungal infection related to a decreased effect of the immune system.

    What are the possible side effects of Atopica: If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Atopica 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 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 the animal.

    What other drugs will affect Atopica: 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 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 written for health professionals that you can read. 

     

    Directions:

    Atopica (cyclosporine modified) is a prescription medication is used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs.
    Atopica (cyclosporine modified) comes in capsule form and is available in four strengths: 10mg, 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg.
    You usually only administer one dose a day to control symptoms, but many dogs can be effectively controlled with every-other-day or twice-weekly dosing.
    Tip: Do not remove capsule from blister pack until required for use. When the capsule is removed from the blister pack there may be a characteristic, noticeable smell which is normal.
    Dosage:
    Pet Weight Dosage
    Dogs: (Over 6 months of age) 4-6.5 lbs Give one 10mg capsule once a day for 30 days to start. Following this initial daily treatment period, your veterinarian may recommend that the dose be tapered by decreasing the frequency of dosing to every other day or two times a week, until a minimum frequency is reached which will maintain the desired therapeutic effect
      6.6-9 lbs Give two 10mg capsules as a single dose once a day for 30 days to start. Following this initial daily treatment period, your veterinarian may recommend that the dose be tapered by decreasing the frequency of dosing to every other day or two times a week, until a minimum frequency is reached which will maintain the desired therapeutic effect
      9.1-16 lbs Give one 25mg capsule once a day for 30 days to start. Following this initial daily treatment period, your veterinarian may recommend that the dose be tapered by decreasing the frequency of dosing to every other day or two times a week, until a minimum frequency is reached which will maintain the desired therapeutic effect
      16.1-33 lbs Give one 50mg capsule once a day for 30 days to start. Following this initial daily treatment period, your veterinarian may recommend that the dose be tapered by decreasing the frequency of dosing to every other day or two times a week, until a minimum frequency is reached which will maintain the desired therapeutic effect
      33.1-64 lbs Give one 100mg capsule once a day for 30 days to start. Following this initial daily treatment period, your veterinarian may recommend that the dose be tapered by decreasing the frequency of dosing to every other day or two times a week, until a minimum frequency is reached which will maintain the desired therapeutic effect
      64.1-79 lbs Give one 100mg capsule AND one 50mg capsule as a single dose once a day for 30 days to start. Following this initial daily treatment period, your veterinarian may recommend that the dose be tapered by decreasing the frequency of dosing to every other day or two times a week, until a minimum frequency is reached which will maintain the desired therapeutic effect
      79.1-121 lbs Give two 100mg capsules as a single dose once a day for 30 days to start. Following this initial daily treatment period, your veterinarian may recommend that the dose be tapered by decreasing the frequency of dosing to every other day or two times a week, until a minimum frequency is reached which will maintain the desired therapeutic effect
    Cats:
    Horses:
    Storage: Should be stored at room temperature. Keep away from pets and children.
    Atopica Green for Dogs 4-9 lbs:
    Active Ingredients Amount
    Cyclosporine 10mg

    Atopica Yellow for Dogs 9.1-16 lbs:
    Active Ingredients Amount
    Cyclosporine 25 mg

    Atopica Purple for Dogs 16.1-33 lbs
    Active Ingredients: Amount
    Cyclosporine 50 mg

    Atopica Blue for Dogs 33.1-64 lbs
    Active Ingredients: Amount
    Cyclosporine 100 mg
    Atopica For Dogs 4.4 5 166 167
    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
    Atopica is being used to treat autoimmune hemolytic anemia not skin allergy in my case.. I give our poodle 1 tablet every 12 hours along with a steroid every 12 hours.His pack cell volume is back up to normal. He almost died twice and had to be transfused with donor dog blood. We are so happy with Atopica for helping suppress his over active white cells so he can build up his red cells again. The goal is for his wbc not to see his rbc 's as foreign and Atopica is working. 08/07/2014
    I swear by this product! I have shih tzu's and all 3 have very different allergies. The worst of the allergies has impacted my poor Tucker. We tried several different meds and treatment plans before the Atopica. This is the only product that has truly provided him with relief. For those of you who have not had success, I feel bad. Like most medications, the typical response is not the same for everyone who takes the medication. While Tucker will no longer take the meds willingly, he is patient with me and lets me push it down the side of this throat. The occasional upset stomach is not as often since my vet told me to try keeping them in the freezer. This has helped. Pets are family and many of us will try just about anything to provide relief. Good luck to you all! 07/05/2014
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    Atopica requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
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    this product is extremely expensive, is there any guarantee if it doesn't work?

    We have tried just about everything, why is this any better?
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    If your dog has an extremely bad breakout you may need to have them on additional medications to bring the outbreak under control. I found the timing of the dosage to be the hardest to bring consistency to medicating my dog. Now I give it to him when I go to bed which is always a minimum of 2 hours after he's eaten. Product does it's job!
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    There is no guarantee for this product however you should talk to your veterinarian to see if it is a suitable option for your dog.
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    Food after medication

    We have chosen to give the Atopica to our dog two hours after she has eaten. How long after the Atopica can she eat more food?
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    You don't want to over feed your dog but anything after one hour is fine. The goal is to make sure there is no GI upset, vomit/diarrhea.
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    wait about one hour before letting her eat again
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    How often should blood tests be done to monitor effects of Atopica and Rimadyl??
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    Speak to your veterinarian about how often you should have your pet monitored as this may vary
    from pet to pet.
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    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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    Our friend's dog used the Atopica with AD didn't work because the dog couldn't hold the meds down.
    Ours is severe allergies and apoquel has been working great.
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    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.
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