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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 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.

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 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), itraconazole (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.

How to Use
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:
Dogs: (Over 6 months of age)
Weight
Dosage
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:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Should be stored at room temperature. 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 4.4022 out of 5 by 179.
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Also for cats Ordered by my vet for my seriously ill cat due to inflammatory bowel disease and we were ready to put him down after months of nothing helping the poor guy. Severe weight loss, diarrhea everywhere, hair falling out..... Three months later and you wouldn't recognize him! Pop it in his mouth twice a day, takes it like a champ - most of the time (he is a cat, after all). Pet meds price is about 25% less than my vets and when I found it slightly less elsewhere, they matched that price. Well done!
Date published: 2015-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not going to work for our Frenchie Our 15 mo. old Frenchie has severe allergies so our vet recommended Atopica. She has been on it for 6 mo. now. She cannot tolerate it on an empty stomach and will vomit, even with keeping them in the freezer and giving her pepcid. Also, if I give her the prescribed dose, 35 mg (she weighs 19 lbs.) she will not eat and she is too thin as it is. If I drop the dosage down to 20 mg. she will eat but then I don't really think the Atopica is helping. She does best if I keep a shirt on her to prevent her from scratching her skin off. This drug is not the answer for our situation but I understand it may provide relief to others.
Date published: 2015-02-01
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Q&A

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: 2015-10-14

How many mg capsule shoukd be given to a 12 pound cat?

My cat won't take the liquid form that is meant for cats, but he likes pill pockets.
Asked by: Anonymous
It must likely will be the 25 mg capsules. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, the veterinarian may decide to use both the 10mg plus the 25 mg ( 35 mg dose ) until symptoms resolve and then the dose may be maintained with 25 mg capsules.
Answered by: Linda M 1800petmeds pharmacist
Date published: 2015-06-25

What are the side effects?

Asked by: Sunny
Some side effects may be vomiting, soft stools or diarrhea, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, loss of appetite, and change of hair coat. An allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, swelling of the lips, tongue or face, and hives) may occur and requires immediate veterinary medical attention.
Answered by: Kayla pharmacy intern
Date published: 2015-06-24

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: Anonymous
Capsules are typically not recommended to be split unless a veterinarian has instructed you to do otherwise. Please consult a veterinarian on administration options for your pet.
Answered by: Stephanie Duesler, Pharm. D, MBA
Date published: 2015-05-14

Since this pill is big for small dog to swallow and it has been very hard for me to get Gigito swallow any size of pills, is it possible to crush it

to put it in her food? To give it with peanut butter or cream cheese is not an option cause she doesn't like any of them. Thanks will wait for your answer thru my email.
Asked by: sylvia
There is an available liquid formulation of this medication that is sometimes prescribed for small dogs. Please consult your veterinarian to discuss this option.
Answered by: Stephanie Duesler, Pharm. D, MBA
Date published: 2015-03-26

Atopica 10mg

How can I give my Chihuahua Atopica (10mg) through a syringe? There is no way I can get her to take this, even when I hide it in something, because she's not eating (being treated for IBD & an enlarged heart) and so she has a feeding tube installed. Right now I've got it sitting in a syringe with hot water to see if it will break down and how long it will take. Can you please help me!
Asked by: Michael
There is a liquid formulation of Atopica that is sometimes prescribed for smaller dogs. Please speak to your veterinarian about this alternative.
Answered by: Stephanie Duesler, Pharm. D, MBA
Date published: 2015-03-26

Do I need a prescription from my vet?

Asked by: Anonymous
Atopica requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
Answered by: Cheryl-Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-10-31

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 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.
Answered by: mistymcz
Date published: 2014-05-31
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