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What is Cyclosporine (Modified) Generic To Atopica?

Cyclosporine (Modified) capsules, a generic to Atopica, are used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs, which is a non-contagious skin disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the skin. While its not approved by the FDA for cats, it is commonly prescribed by veterinarians to treat cats. Cyclosporine requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Cats (6 months or older and weighing 4 lbs. or more), Dogs (6 months or older and weighing 4 lbs. or more)

Benefits:
  • Cyclosporine treats atopic dermatitis, which can come with any of the following symptoms: scratching, licking, chewing, skin infections, hair loss, bad odors, and sleepless nights
  • Safe and more affordable alternative to steroid shots
How it Works:

Cyclosporine targets cells in the immune system that cause the allergic reaction in your pet. Dosage varies, and can taper off to fewer doses after several weeks. Consult with your veterinarian for specific treatment details.

Cautions:

Consult your veterinarian about possible side effects or drug interactions.

Brand Name:

Atopica (Novartis Animal Health)

Generic Name:

Cyclosporine (sy-klo-spor'-een) Modified capsule

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving cyclosporine modified:

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 cyclosporine modified exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand these directions, ask your veterinarian or pharmacist to explain them to you. Always give cyclosporine modified 2 hours 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 cyclosporine modified 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 should I avoid while giving cyclosporine modified to my pet:

The safe use in breeding, pregnant or lactating dogs has not been determined. Do not use cyclosporine modified in dogs with known allergy to the medication. The drug should not be used in dogs with kidney disease, stomach ulcers, and certain blood disorders. Prolonged use of cyclosporine modified can result in bacterial or fungal infection related to a decreased effect of the immune system.

What are the possible side effects of cyclosporine modified:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving cyclosporine modified 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 cyclosporine modified 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.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Cyclosporine (modified) is a selective immunomodulator used for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in dogs and cats 6 months and older and at least 4.5 lbs.
  • Cyclosporine (modified) is available as 25mg, 50mg, and 100mg blister packs, each containing 30 capsules.
Tip:

Do not remove capsule from blister pack until required for use. When the capsule is removed from the blister pack there is a characteristic, noticeable smell which is normal.

Dosage:
Dogs/Puppies: (6 months and older)
Weight
Dosage
Over 4 lbs
Give 2.5mg per pound of body weight. The medication is usually given once a day to start until satisfactory improvement is seen, usually 4-8 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. Always give 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink
Cats/Kittens: (6 months and older)
Weight
Dosage
Over 4 lbs
Give 2.3-3.1mg per pound of body weight. The medication is usually given once a day to start until satisfactory improvement is seen, usually 4-8 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. Always give 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal. Allow plenty of water for the pet to drink
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this product at room temperature. Some variation in the color of the powder may occur from batch to batch.

Ingredients
Cyclosporine (Modified):
Active Ingredients
Amount
Cyclosporine USP
25 mg
Other Ingredients: Dehydrated Alcohol 18.6%, dl-alpha-tocopherol, FD&C blue #2 aluminum lake, ferric oxide (yellow), gelatin, glycine, glycerol 85%, polyoxyl 40 hydrogenated castor oil, polyglycerol (3) oleate, polyglycerol (10) oleate, sorbitol solution, titanium dioxide.
Cyclosporine (Modified):
Active Ingredients
Amount
Cyclosporine USP
50 mg
Other Ingredients: Dehydrated Alcohol 18.6%, dl-alpha-tocopherol, FD&C blue #2 aluminum lake, ferric oxide (yellow), gelatin, glycine, glycerol 85%, polyoxyl 40 hydrogenated castor oil, polyglycerol (3) oleate, polyglycerol (10) oleate, sorbitol solution, titanium dioxide.
Cyclosporine (Modified):
Active Ingredients
Amount
Cyclosporine USP
100 mg
Other Ingredients: Dehydrated Alcohol 18.6%, dl-alpha-tocopherol, FD&C blue #2 aluminum lake, ferric oxide (yellow), gelatin, glycine, glycerol 85%, polyoxyl 40 hydrogenated castor oil, polyglycerol (3) oleate, polyglycerol (10) oleate, sorbitol solution, titanium dioxide.
Customer Reviews
Cyclosporine (Modified) Generic To Atopica is rated 4.333333333333333 out of 5 by 75.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from No more scratching! My dog had been scratching for so long and this product worked so fast and is comfortable now! Total blessing.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works great for Copper .He is 16 yrs old and has alotof allergies and this medicine is working for him.
Date published: 2015-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Our vet tried everything before using this. He had anal fistulas and was losing fur in clumps and leaving sores. Started with2 a day and now have him on 1 every other day. He is a "mutt", shepherd/husky/rotii, but he's our baby. He's a big boy, 110lbs. 11 years old, so he'll be on it for the rest of his life. Been on it almost 2 years so far.
Date published: 2015-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Worth It! My little Lhasa Apso is 18 years old now and has been plagued with allergies this entire life. He was a constant paw licker and chewer and he's had continual ear & eye infections. I took him off of commercial food and that helped a little. Then I added Cyclosporine (Modified) on a daily basis. About the 3rd day on this medication he stopped the licking and chewing and his ears and eyes have cleared up. He's even got a little puppy "happy dance" back in his step. Quite remarkable for an old man.
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great improvement We know that Westies are prone to tons of allergy issues. That being said, our 11 year old girl has had an increase in allergy/yeast issues within the last year. We have done prednisone shots a few months, researched and tried every type of diet and shampoo/rinse. Once the shots wore off (around 5 weeks) the scratching and digging as well as ear infections came back. She couldn't get any relief even after scratching out most of her hair and the smell was horrible. After yet another vet visit and explaining to him that her scratching was making me question her quality of life he suggested that we try Cyclosporine as a last resort. Within weeks all of her hair has returned and her ears are clear for the first time in a while. She is finally able to sleep in peace and the happy and priceless family member has returned. I give her the pill every morning on an empty stomach and make sure that she eats afterwards, otherwise she has gotten sick a few times.
Date published: 2015-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really helped Spuds is a 55 lb. yellow lab mix. She has been having allergies for at least 6 of her 11 years. Itching, licking, biting her feet till bloody. We tried the vets suggestions, No real help. We tried other products suggested by friends. Not helpful either. Cyclosprine has from the first day stopped all allergy symptoms. So Spuds is at least feeling better now.
Date published: 2014-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works for my Cairn Terrier My Cairn Terrier Sissy was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She was gravely ill, and as soon as we put her on Cyclosporine she improved right away, she has to have two 50mg pills per day. I also give her B-12 shots once a week. It isn't curable but it is controllable with this med. She also is on prednisone But they are easing her off that one, it's down to 5mg every other day for 3 more weeks. She is just doing so good right now with this medicine.
Date published: 2014-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cyclosporine/Atopica Almost immediately after starting this medication my Cornish Rex, Zorro, started to improve. After a couple of months he was back to normal again. He no longer vomits and all his beautiful black curly hair has returned. It is a miracle drug for us.
Date published: 2014-08-30
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Q&A

Our vet informed us that there was soon to be another alternative to Atopica/Cyclosporene. Are you aware of an alternative that will not make our

Westie sick to her stomach. Also the odor of cylcloporene is bad and hard to disguise.
Asked by: Lucy
we put the pill in the freezer (as per our vet) for an hour before we give it to Zeus. He no longer gets sick.
Answered by: Zeus's mom
Date published: 2015-06-20

Can I give my 68 pound lab 200 mg. of cyclosporine per day? I didn't realize you can't split the pills.

Asked by: Diane
The dose that you give can only be instructed by your pets veterinarian.
Answered by: Kelly P
Date published: 2015-05-12

Generic cyclosporine is it a micro emulsion formulation?

The brand Atopica is a micro emulsion formulation. Is the generic version also a micro emulsion formulation?
Asked by: rettoc
Yes.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2014-09-18

10mg size?

When will you be stocking a 10mg size of this medication? My dog is on;y 5 pounds and cannot take the larger dose.
Asked by: fixcar
The 10mg capsules is only available in the Atopica brand, the manufacturer's of the generic cyclosporine do not make a 10mg dose.
Answered by: Janine Pharmacist
Date published: 2013-10-18

Is there an alternative to pill forms of allergy meds such as in a "treat"?

I can't pill my huge cat. I know there are "calming" treats. Are there allergy treats as well?
Asked by: BigRed
Most over the counter allergy medications ( diphenhydramine, clemastine ) are not in the form of a treat. Diphenhydramine is available as an over the counter liquid. If you are inquiring about cyclosporine modified specifically, there is a new liquid version available formulated for cats called Atopica liquid for cats that requires a prescription.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2013-07-25

about how long until we see results from the cyclosporine and how long does he need to take it?

My dog is a West Highland White Terrier, 10 years old.
Asked by: jasper
The response to this medication is an individualized response based on the severity of your Westie's skin condition.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2013-04-15

is there a cheaper alternative to cyclosporin?

My lab is 3 years old and trying to get him off prednisone. My Vet recommended Cyclosporine, however, it is too costly for us. Is there another recommendation or similar medicine that I can try? Thank you very much.
Asked by: Marilyn
Cyclosporin is the least expensive option available since it is the generic version of the medication. Sorry there are no alternatives to this medication.
Answered by: Lilli Pharmacist
Date published: 2013-04-11

I was told by Vet not to purchase a "compound" of Cyclosporin- is that the same as "modified"?

It has been prescribed for perinanal fistulea and I don't want to get the wrong medication.
Asked by: chkey
Thank-you for your question. A compounded cyclosporine is not the same as "modified". Modified cyclosporine is a manufactured doseform available for better absorption (versus unmodified). Pharmacies will compound cyclosporine in order to obtain a different form such as eye drops, oral solution, etc. It's important to always be aware of the type of cyclosporine your dog is taking and to make sure you always get the same product (unmodified vs. modified) as again, they do absorb differently. We want to make sure they are getting consistent doses. Hope this helps! Jessica A. Pharmacy Intern 1800Petmeds
Answered by: Dulcineas17
Date published: 2013-03-20
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