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What is Atopica For Dogs?

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.

For:

Dogs (at least 6 months of age and weighing at least 4 lbs)

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:

Not for human use. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. For use in dogs only. Wear gloves during administration. Capsules should not be broken or opened. Wash hands after administration. In case of accidental ingestion, seek medical advice immediately and provide the package insert or the label to the physician. 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.

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 103°), 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 lbs. Atopica is available in 15 capsule blister packs in strengths of 10 mg for dogs 4 to 9 pounds, 25 mg for dogs 9.1 to 16 pounds, 50 mg for dogs 16.1 to 33 pounds and 100 mg for dogs 33.1 to 64 lbs. For dogs 64.1 to 79 pounds give a combination of one 100 mg capsule and one 50 mg capsule as a single dose. For dogs 79.1 to 121 pounds give two 100 mg 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. Wear gloves during administration. Capsules should not be broken or opened. Wash hands after administration. Your veterinarian may want your pet to have regularly scheduled blood tests during treatment to monitor effectiveness and side effects. Atopica should be stored at controlled room temperature between 59° and 77° F (15-25° C). Keep away from pets and children.

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 to your pet 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 your pet.

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), itraconazole (Sporanox), methylprednisolone (Medrol), erythromycin, Allopurinol (Zyloprim), metoclopramide (Reglan), prednisolone, digoxin (Lanoxin), or 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.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Atopica (cyclosporine modified) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs.
  • Atopica (cyclosporine modified) comes in capsule form and is available in four strengths: 10 mg, 25 mg, 50 mg, and 100 mg.
  • 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. Administer according to your veterinarian's instructions.
  • Wear gloves during administration. Capsules should not be broken or opened. Wash hands after administration.
  • Give Atopica at least one hour before food or 2 hours after food.
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:
Dogs: (Over 6 months of age)
Weight
Dosage
4-6.5 lbs
Give one 10 mg capsule orally 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 10 mg capsules orally 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 25 mg capsule orally 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 50 mg capsule orally 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 100 mg capsule orally 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 100 mg capsule AND one 50 mg capsule orally 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 100 mg capsules orally 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:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at controlled room temperature between 59° and 77° F (15-25° C). Keep away from pets and children.

Ingredients
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
Customer Reviews
Atopica For Dogs is rated 4.4088 out of 5 by 181.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great results My beautiful maltese Sadie suffers with allergies that are only controlled by Atopica. It is expensive but she is a much loved member of our family and this is the best product we have used.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy and Healthy My yorkie has a type of PLE, which can be very deadly if not treated. It is a autoimmune disorder and he was using prednisone, but it was causing to many symptoms and it's not good to be on for long term. Atopic is an immune suppressant but works different than pred. His symptoms are so much better and my vet has a few patients on Atopica that have been on it for years and they are happy and healthy.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dog is great!! My dog has had a severe itch since he was a puppy. This miracle pill works wonders. He scratches his ears and face. He had no eyelashes/eyebrows or whiskers. Everything has grown back and he looks and feels great.
Date published: 2016-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great service I bought my dogs medicine through pet meds and glad I did, they saved me money and service was fast. GIGI is doing so much better without having to take several trips to vet she had a chronic skin condition. Thank you Pet meds.
Date published: 2016-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Atopica for Cat's. 4-years ago my cat had the worst skin allergy & we had lots of sleepless nights not know what to do for her & my pet bill was getting higher & higher, that was until my vet finally recommended “Atopica for Dogs”. I give her every 2-3 days 1 pill & it works like a MAGIC. Now she is calm & happy!!
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Our 5 year old Lab mix has suffered from severe allergies his whole life. We've tried prescription food, prescription shampoos and creams but he still would lick his feet until they bled. He suffered from chronic ear infections and even had to have surgery to remove an ear hematoma from all the scratching. Poor guy was miserable ALL THE TIME! After one month of Atopica he is 100% better and perfectly normal. We call it our miracle pill! My only complaints are: the price, which is about $150 a month and the fact that the pills are huge and he hates eating them. You also have to give the pills 2 hours before or after food which is hard for us to remember sometimes.
Date published: 2015-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is the best! I had tried everything to get relief for my dog. I did not want him taking steroids anymore. This product has been a life saver for my dog. He is once again his playful happy self. No more itching or red patches! He is so happy!! It is wonderful! It is so easy for him to take as well.
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works pretty well My dog (a 17-month-old miniature long-haired dachshund) suffers from severe environmental allergies that cause him to scratch and chew obsessively, resulting in hair loss and bright red rashes. He has been on Atopica for 2 months. It did not seem to be working very well for the first month, but after giving it more time I saw a huge improvement. I also give him oatmeal baths once a week. This routine seems to provide him with a lot of relief.
Date published: 2015-05-13
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Q&A

Hi Do you ship to Ireland Thanks

Asked by: Bgall
Yes
Answered by: S Duesler PharmD MBA
Date published: 2016-11-17

I have been giving my dog Atopica for the last three months but was not instructed to wear gloves when I give it. Should I be worried that I may have harmed myself ? 

Asked by: Robin
You should wear gloves during administration and avoid touching the capsule with your bare hands. Wash hands after administration.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-19

Is it safe to touch the capsule?

Asked by: Aspen10
You should wear gloves during administration and avoid touching the capsule with your bare hands. Wash hands after administration.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-18

Atopica capsule

My dog will not take this big pill at all, I even tried it with his favored foods. So I am cutting the capsule and squeeze the inside into some soft food, is Atopica still affective in that way. I do not need any recommendation of other tricks to admit it to him because I tried everything. Just would like to know if the pill is still effective that way. Thank you
Asked by: Birgit
What we did is cover it in peanut butter and put it in the back of her throats and close her mout and put her head up. She starts to swallow it and it's gone. Works everytime. We tried lots of other ways too. 
Answered by: Tiffant1987
Date published: 2016-10-17

so is 30 pack means 15 capsule x 30pack? that i get 450 capsules?

Asked by: Fopma
No, 30 pack means the pack comes with 30 capsules. The 15 pack comes with 15 capsules. You choose what size package you want before adding it to your cart.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-11

According to this email, Atopic a is on sale for $30.59. It is not coming up when I want to order and check out. 

Asked by: Anne
Use coupon code "TOPTEN" at checkout.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-10-04

ANYONE TREAT WITH ATOPICA FOR AUTO IMMUNE DISEASE?

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
Asked by: Jo
Our dog Claude has been diagnosed with Sterile Panniculitis which is an auto immune disease. He started on prednisone and is on both prednisone (decreasing now) and Atopica. This medication seems to have gotten this issue under control and we are weaning the prednisone and hope to decrease the Atopica to possibly a lower dose every other day. This medication was originally prescribed by a dermatology vet at Tufts for us. 
Answered by: Robin
Date published: 2016-08-03

Does Atopica has good results in seasonal Hayfever allergies

Does Atopica relieve seasonal allergy symptoms such as itchy/watery eyes in addition to skin licking
Asked by: RILEY
Atopica can help with the itching skin and decrease the amount of licking caused by allergies. It mainly helps with the skin and would not help with the itchy and watery eyes.
Answered by: Kelly P
Date published: 2015-07-30
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