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What is Apoquel?

Apoquel is used to treat and control itching and inflammation in dogs resulting from a variety of causes, including flea allergy, food allergy, contact allergy and atopic dermatitis. Apoquel delivers onset of relief within 4 hours. It effectively controls itching within 24 hours. Apoquel requires a prescription from your veterinarian, and is sold per tablet.

For:

Dogs over 12 months in age and weighing more than 6.6 lbs.

Benefits:

  • Provides onset of relief within 4 hours
  • Effectively controls itch within 24 hours
  • Safe for short term and long term usage
  • Can be used along with many other common medications, including parasiticides, antibiotics, and vaccines
  • Uniquely targeted to stop the itch with minimal negative impact on immune function
  • Controls pruritus associated with allergic dermatitis and controls atopic dermatitis
  • Sold per tablet

How does Apoquel work?

Apoquel is a selective janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor, which targets pruritogenic (itch creating) cytokines. It effectively controls itching due to food allergies, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis. Apoquel works to control pruritus for fast-acting relief, and provides significant short-term and long-term reduction of itching and inflammation.

Cautions:

This product is not for human use. Keep this and all drugs out of the reach of children. For use in dogs only. Do not give to dogs younger than 12 months or those with serious infections. Apoquel is not for use in breeding dogs, or pregnant or lactating bitches. Wash hands immediately after handling the tablets. In case of accidental eye contact, flush immediately with water or saline for at least 15 minutes and then seek medical attention. In case of accidental ingestion, seek medical attention immediately.

Brand Name

Apoquel

Generic Name

oclacitinib (ah-clas-eh-tee-nib)

Manufacturer:

Zoetis

What is the most important thing I should know about Apoquel?

Apoquel is used to relieve itching and inflammation caused by a variety of diagnoses, including allergic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Apoquel to my pet?

Tell your veterinarian if your pet has ever had an allergic reaction to the medication.

How should Apoquel be given?

The dose of Apoquel tablets is 0.18 to 0.27 mg/lb of body weight. Therefore, the recommended initial dosage for dogs 6.6-9.9 lbs is ½ of a 3.6 mg tablet twice daily. The dosage for dogs 10-14.9 lbs is ½ of a 5.4 mg tablet twice daily. The dosage for dogs 15-19.9 lbs is one 3.6 mg tablet twice daily. The dosage for dogs 20-29.9 lbs is one 5.4 mg tablet twice daily. The dosage for dogs 30-44.9 lbs is ½ of a 16 mg tablet twice daily. The dosage for dogs 45-59.9 lbs is two 5.4 mg tablets twice daily. The dosage dogs 60-89.9 lbs is one 16 mg table twice daily. The dosage dogs 90-129.9 lbs is 1½ 16 mg tablets twice daily. The dosage for dogs 130-175.9 lbs is two 16 mg tablets daily.

What are the potential side effects of Apoquel?

Apoquel may increase susceptibility to infection, including demodicosis. It may also exacerbate neoplastic conditions. Adverse reactions reported in a masked field study included diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, new cutaneous or subcutaneous lumps, and lethargy. In most cases, diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, and lethargy spontaneously resolved with continued dosing.

What happens if I miss giving a dose of Apoquel?

Give the missed dose with food as soon as you remember and resume a monthly dosing schedule.

What happens if I overdose my pet on Apoquel?

Contact your veterinarian immediately.

What should I avoid while giving Apoquel to my pet?

Apoquel should not be given to dogs younger than 12 months or those with serious infections. Apoquel is not for use in breeding dogs, or pregnant or lactating bitches. The use of Apoquel has not been evaluated in combination with glucocorticoids, cyclosporine, or other systemic immunosuppressive agents. Dogs receiving Apoquel should be monitored for the development of infections, including demodicosis and neoplasia.

What other drugs will affect Apoquel?

Talk to your veterinarian before giving any prescription or over the counter medications.

How to Use
Directions:
  • Administer to your dog orally twice daily for up to 14 days according to the weight chart below, then administer once daily for maintenance dose.
Tip:

Apoquel may be administered with or without food.

Initial Dosage:
Dogs:
(over 12 months of age)
Weight:
Amount:
6.6-9.9 lbs
½ of a 3.6 mg tablet twice daily for up to 14 days
10-14.9 lbs
½ of a 5.4 mg tablet twice daily for up to 14 days
15-19.9 lbs
One 3.6 mg tablet twice daily for up to 14 days
20-29.9 lbs
One 5.4 mg tablet twice daily for up to 14 days
30-44.9 lbs
½ of a 16 mg tablet twice daily for up to 14 days
45-59.9 lbs
Two 5.4 mg tablets twice daily for up to 14 days
60-89.9 lbs
One 16 mg table twice daily for up to 14 days
90-129.9 lbs
1½ 16 mg tablets twice daily for up to 14 days
130-175.9 lbs
Two 16 mg twice daily for up to 14 days
Maintenance Dosage:
Dogs:
(over 12 months of age)
Weight:
Amount:
6.6-9.9 lbs
½ of a 3.6 mg tablet once daily
10-14.9 lbs
½ of a 5.4 mg tablet once daily
15-19.9 lbs
One 3.6 mg tablet once daily
20-29.9 lbs
One 5.4 mg tablet once daily
30-44.9 lbs
½ of a 16 mg tablet once daily
45-59.9 lbs
Two 5.4 mg tablets once daily
60-89.9 lbs
One 16 mg table once daily
90-129.9 lbs
1½ 16 mg tablets once daily
130-175.9 lbs
Two 16 mg once daily
Cats:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store at controlled room temperature between 68°-77° F, with excursions between 59°-104°.

Ingredients
Apoquel 3.6 mg
Active Ingredient:
Amount:
Oclacitinib maleate
3.6 mg
Apoquel 5.4 mg
Active Ingredient:
Amount:
Oclacitinib maleate
5.4 mg
Apoquel 16 mg
Active Ingredient:
Amount:
Oclacitinib maleate
16 mg
Customer Reviews
Apoquel is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 58.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It actually works My poor Lucy is allergic to grass, as a 6 pound chihuahua being close to the ground and grass on walks becomes a full on contact sport. She also has a heart murmur and several other health conditions, so I’m wary of new meds. Apoquel hit the market and our vet kept ranting and raving about how it was perfect for her and was not a steroid, therefore her heart and other pressing conditions were at a low risk of being triggered/ made worse. It’s a bit pricy, but it really works and my sweet girl isn’t itchy from head to toe.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So thankful Have been using apoquel for about 8 months on our 7 year old doberman. We moved from arid Utah to Illinois and he had alot of skin problems following the move. Switching foods, pulling back treats... nothing worked and he wasnt himself. Apoquel was prescribed form his vet and it gave him his life back!
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No more scratching or shaking My baby Kisha was itching so much I started itching . But since I gave her the allergy pill she is doing just fine.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my Rescue Lab! A year and a half ago, my fiancé and I rescued a yellow lab that was roaming near our neighborhood. Since the day we got her, she had open wounds on all 4 paws, and all across her belly. She was constantly gnawing, licking and biting, and scratching her face with her paws or living room rug. After having zero luck with trying benedryl and zyrtec, we decided to take her to the vet. Our vet recommended Apoquel and our girl can FINALLY live a pain free, happy, and playful life! A few things to note that may help others with the COST: she is a pure yellow lab, about 2.5 - 3 years old, 63ish pounds. Our vet prescribes her 1 - 100mg tablet ONCE per day. I just read on 1800 pet meds that the recommended dosage for that weight is 2 -100mg tablets a day. Our dog is doing just fine with 1 - 100mg tablet/day. It costs us around $60/month for her Apoquel from our vet (which as of this review, its cheaper than on 1800petmeds). So if anyone is giving 2/day, you may be able to save some money by lowering the dosage to once a day; especially if your dog has been on the meds for a little while and their skin has healed.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally found something that works for my corgi/lab mix who suffers from allergies. Durring the late summer and through the fall he suffers from allergies and is constantly biting licking and scratching his skin. His first day on the med he started licking n biting himself less and slept through the night. What a miracle drug.
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Apoquel is a Miracle drug I bought Apoquel, from my Vet's office the first. Then started to purchase Apoquel from 1-800 petmeds. This a Miracle drug my Lhasa Apso Raggs has terrible allergies when I started giving the medication I noticed during the day he was just scratching or chewing his paws any longer. Raggs is 13 years old An had the problem all his life. Where was drug 8 years ago all the money I've spent over the years with other medication. I would be rich
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100% Improvement. My 7yo Australian Shepherd has an unknown fall/spring allergy and will lose clumps of hair constantly and chews his legs and feet bald. Antihistamines didn't help and Temaril (steroid) gave him tremors. Apoquil completely stopped the itching, hair loss (from itching?), and red skin. My dog is so much happier and can finally get some sleep. 0 side effects. I wish I'd discovered this MIRACLE drug when it first came out a couple years ago. It is pricey so I'm glad we don't need it year round.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Miracle! My vet recommended this for my dog. He is some sort of corgi mix (we believe). He was scratching and biting constantly due to some unknown allergy. It had gotten much worse as he got older (he is around 12). It was to the point that he would scratch so much and whimper because he was making himself bleed. We changed his diet to grain free, gave him supplements..etc. nothing worked and we felt so bad because he was so uncomfortable. We started him on Apoquel and within hours he stopped scratching. He has been on it for 3 days now and has not scratched or bitten at all. He actually played with our younger dog today! I haven't seen him happy like this in a while. The pills are a bit expensive (around $2 per pill) but for us, it is worth having our happy little guy back.
Date published: 2017-10-12
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Q&A

If I stop giving my dog apoqel will my dogs fatty cysts go away?

Asked by: Deborah
Apoquel may increase susceptibility to infection, including demodicosis. It may also exacerbate neoplastic conditions. Adverse reactions reported in a masked field study included diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, new cutaneous or subcutaneous lumps, and lethargy. In most cases, diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, and lethargy spontaneously resolved with continued dosing. Consult your veterinarian regarding the use of Apoquel and your dog's fatty cyst condition.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-11-25

My poodle standard has a ear infection is there a medication I can put in his ear and antibiotic

Asked by: Bill
Thank you for your question. Apoquel is used to treat and control itching and inflammation in dogs resulting from a variety of causes, including flea allergy, food allergy, contact allergy and atopic dermatitis. If your furry friend has an ear infection we do offer Zymox an over the counter treatment for ear infections.It treats the ear externally for acute and chronic inflammation caused by bacterial, fungal, and yeast infections.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-12-05

are there side effects for long term use

Asked by: patty
Thank you for your question. Apoquel may increase susceptibility to infection, including demodicosis. It may also exacerbate neoplastic conditions. Adverse reactions reported in a masked field study included diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, new cutaneous or subcutaneous lumps, and lethargy. In most cases, diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, and lethargy spontaneously resolved with continued dosing.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-12-05

Is the quantity for number of pills or number of bottles of 100 pills?

Asked by: Milesdavis
Apoquel is sold per tablet not per bottle.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-11-22

Does this drug have to be prescribed?

Asked by: Four
Yes, Apoquel requires a prescription from a licensed veterinarian.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-12-06

My dog is on apoquel will can I give him trazodone with the apoquel

Asked by: Vicki
There is no known interaction between trazodone and Apoquel.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-11-02

Side effects

Asked by: Bella1234
Thank you for your question. The possible side effects of Apoquel are possible increase susceptibility to infection, including demodicosis. It may also exacerbate neoplastic conditions. Adverse reactions reported in a masked field study included diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, new cutaneous or subcutaneous lumps, and lethargy. In most cases, diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, and lethargy spontaneously resolved with continued dosing.
Answered by: Crystal PetMed Pro
Date published: 2017-10-31

What color is apoquel

Asked by: Donna
Apoquel tablets are oval, white, scored tablets. Each tablet is marked with AQ and either an S, M, or L which corresponds to the strength.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-10-25
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