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What is Atopica for Cats?

Atopica for Cats is an oral solution used to control feline allergic dermatitis (allergic skin disease) as seen as broken skin, including facial and neck. Signs of allergic skin disease include itching, chewing, licking, skin lesions and hair loss. Some cats may develop lesions that may even appear on the face and neck. Atopica requires a prescription from your veterinarian. For atopic dermatitis in dogs, we recommend Atopica for Dogs.


Cats (at least 6 months of age and weighing at least 3 pounds)

  • Controls feline allergic dermatitis
  • Significantly reduces itching and skin lesions
  • Comes in an easy-to-administer liquid formulation and includes oral syringe
  • Most cats find the taste acceptable, but can be mixed with food
How it works:

Atopica for Cats is an oral solution that works by calming and soothing allergic skin conditions such as feline allergic dermatitis. It contains cyclosporine which stops the itching by blocking white blood cells from organizing and responding to infection. The oral solution is usually very well tolerated by cats and becomes easily absorbed in the intestinal tract.


Do not rinse or clean the oral dosing syringe between uses. Please see the directions inside the Atopica for Cats box to ensure proper technique. Do not give to cats that have a history of cancer, feline leukemia or feline immunodeficiency virus or that are sensitive to cyclosporine.

Brand Name:

Atopica for Cats

Generic Name:

Cyclosporine Modified oral solution

What is Atopica for Cats:

Atopica for Cats (cyclosporine modified) is an immunosuppressant available by prescription. Atopica for Cats is FDA approved for use in the treatment of feline allergic dermatitis in cats at least 6 months of age and weighing at least 3 pounds. Atopica for Cats is available as 5ml and 17ml oral solutions and comes with an oral syringe. The usual dose of Atopica for Cats is 3.2 mg/lb (7 mg/kg) orally 1 time a day for 4-6 weeks. Following this, the dose may be tapered to every other day or twice weekly as needed to maintain the therapeutic effect. Dosing of the liquid formulation is accomplished by a syringe that is marked with weight bands for easy dosing.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Atopica for Cats:

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 cat is pregnant or lactating, and if you plan to breed your cat.

How should this medication be given:

Give Atopica for Cats 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 Atopica for Cats with food or following a meal. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink. Store Atopica for Cats 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 my pet:

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment.

What should I avoid while giving Atopica for Cats to my pet:

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

What are the possible side effects of Atopica for Cats:

If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving Atopica for Cats 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 for Cats 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 for Cats:

There are many drug/drug interactions that occur when taking Atopica for Cats. 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 for Cats 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 for Cats written for health professionals that you can read.

How to Use

Atopica For Cats Dosage for Cats:

3 lbs & overGive 3.2 mg/lb (7 mg/kg) by mouth 1x a day for 4-6 weeks or until resolution of clinical signs. Following this, the dose may be tapered to every other day or twice weekly as needed to maintain the therapeutic effect. Dosing of the liquid formulation is accomplished by a syringe that is marked with weight bands for easy dosing.
Atopica For Cats Dosage for Dogs:
Do not use!
Atopica For Cats Dosage for Horses:
Do not use!

Should be stored at room temperature. Keep away from other pets and children.


Atopica for Cats Ingredients:

Atopica for Cats
Active Ingredient Amount
Cyclosporine oral solution100mg/ml
Customer Reviews
Atopica For Cats is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Made my cat stop eating After 1 month of use, my cat would not eat . The first dose she had of this medicine made her gag . It was a gradual decrease & I came home from work one day & she didn't eat the can of food I left for her in the morning . I brought her to the vet & she lost a little over a pound . We gave her an appetite stimulant & put her back on prednisolone . We didn't want her to take steroids again for her EGC & FAD but had no other alternative . We tried an allergy food & she wouldn't even eat it . I would not recommend Atopica because of the reaction my cat had from taking it .
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Atopica My hairless cat had a very bad skin rash that she continue to look for years and we finally found the perfect medicine called atopica now she no longer licks her skin and she has no rashes anywhere I am happy to say this medication is a dream come true she Musta had allergies and now she's 100% fine with no side effects
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great once you can get your cat to take it! This medicine works fantastically....once you can get your cat to take it! I struggled with forcing it down her throat, which led to her avoiding me every time I stood was a real hassle and she hated it. We tried mixing it with tuna which worked okay, but she would only eat it half the time, if she was starving. My boyfriend saw how frustrated I was and went out to the store and bought 10 types of fishy wet cat food. Finally we found one!! She eats it up immediately with the meds in it every morning, without issue. The one that worked for us is Fancy Feast Medleys Ocean Whitefish & Tuna Florentine Pate! I know every cat is different, so I would highly suggest getting a bunch and trying them all to see what your cat likes best! I'm so thankful because she doesn't hate me anymore and isn't licking all of her fur off!
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good My cat has been in this medication for 2 weeks. He was in pretty bad shape. Sores, painful hot spots, no hair, rough dry scaley skin. I wish the vet had put him on this sooner. We had been trying to figure out his problem for almost a month with three different vets before this medication. After two weeks, all the sores are gone and only one small hot spot left on his bottom. He is only showing signs of a little discomfort now which is a big relief from just a week ago. He still looks horrible but we are going in the right direction. As far as the taste of this medicine, it is horrible. He would gag, drool and try his best to throw it back up. I would place the syringe as far back as I could in his throat hoping he would miss the taste. It never worked. After about a week of this, I bought empty gel capsules and put the meds in there. I can happily report all is good now. He swallows them like a champ with no gagging. He is 13 lbs so I use two #3 capsules and split the dose. I give him one right before he eats and the other right after he eats.
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FAntastic It completely worked. My Coco kitty no longer has any lesions and it was getting really bad for a while there. I administered it for 6 weeks and it is gone. Absolutely works!
Date published: 2016-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every penny! My cat also had severe skin problems. She had no hair on her belly and for about 3 or 4 inches above and all around where her tail comes out from her body. The skin was blistered, red and oozing. The vet gave her a shot for the most common allergy rather than expensive tests. She responded very well and he wanted to put her on the Atopica in capsule form. I couldn't afford it for a few months and she got very bad again. When I finally bought it, she had dramatic results. Within 3 weeks she was about 50-60% better. Today, she has not a speck of any skin problems and her coat is soft and fluffy versus stiff and coarse. I mix about a half teaspoon of flax oil with 1/3 can wet food, then I bury the capsule in about a tablespoon of wet food in a small dish and she gobbles it right down. After she eats the small amount with the pill I give her the remaining amount. (She also eats dry food) This week starts the third month and going to every third day doses. This medication is worth every penny I've spent.
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Our doggie Dermatologist prescribed this liquid for cats for my Boston Terrier as the dog med made him terribly lethargic. He currently takes the dose for an 8lb cat!(He doesn't know that-he would be so humiliated!) This drug works so well on him and helps him. It is terribly expensive but no more infections from scratching and no more steroids.
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from it works! My cat Sophie started licking her hair out about 6 months ago, it started as a little patch that I was mildly concerned about but after a weekend away I came home to a half bald cat ( no exaggeration, in 2 days she had licked 40% of her hair off to the skin). To the vet we went, blood work we did, really expensive special hypoallergenic food we bought. Didn't work. Then the vet decided it must just be OCD, so we started the antianxiety drugs, they didn't work either but they say it can take a while so I soldiered on forcing a pill down her throat twice a day and buying cat food for $50 a bag. Then I decided a second opinion was needed so I took her somewhere else, they tried a different drug with no success except that it made my sweet, very lovable, lap cat horribly mean and grouchy. Then they decided maybe she has ringworm, did that test, negative. Then miracle of miracles they gave her a steroid shot to see if that helped at all, within hours I had my lovable cat back, unfortunately that's not a long term treatment option and it only lasted about 2 weeks while they ran tests. FINALLY, 6 months and $ 1000 later, they decided it must be a skin allergy (duh!) and gave her Atopica. She's been on it a little over a month now and her hair is starting to grow back and she is friendly and lovable again. And I stopped the stupid expensive food. She's only 10 pounds so that's like 3 drops of the medicine so the bottle will last 3 months at least, I've gotten really good at popping the syringe in the corner of her mouth and squirting before she really even knows what's happening. She did start refusing to eat her wet food right after I gave it to her, I guess because of the bitterness but now I just give it to her about 10 minutes before I feed her and she's fine.
Date published: 2014-05-27
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I’ve tried to mix Atopica in wet food, cheese, etc. but she refuses to eat it. I’ve tried to force the drops in with the dropper but she instantly drools so much that I’m pretty sure she’s not getting the medicine. What can I do to get her take it?

Asked by: KJCRED
Atopica is also available in capsule form. Depending on the dose, the capsule may be an appropriate alternative for your pet. Consult your veterinarian for more information.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-12-27

How many doses is this for a 10lb cat?

Asked by: Cassandra
Thank you for your question. Give 3.2 mg/lb (7 mg/kg) by mouth 1x a day for 4-6 weeks or until resolution of clinical signs. Following this, the dose may be tapered to every other day or twice weekly as needed to maintain the therapeutic effect. Dosing of the liquid formulation is accomplished by a syringe that is marked with weight bands for easy dosing.
Answered by: leanniejo
Date published: 2017-10-01

Is this shown to be effective in treating cats with Demodex gatoi?

Asked by: nmscat
This product is not approved to treat Demodex gatoi.
Answered by: Ben B
Date published: 2017-02-21

My cat has plasma cell pododermititis- Any history of Atopica being used for this condition?

Asked by: Holly
Atopica has been used to treat plasma cell pododermatitis. Your veterinarian will determine if this is an appropriate treatment option for your pet's condition.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2016-11-17

Hi my cat has been on this for over a month with great results .. does this have to be a daily thing ..I missed a dose last week and didn't make any difference so just wondered if it could be given say 3 times a week maybe ?

Asked by: Vicky
The usual dose of Atopica for Cats is 3.2 mg/lb (7 mg/kg) orally 1 time a day for 4-6 weeks. Following this, the dose may be tapered to every other day or twice weekly as needed to maintain the therapeutic effect. Dosing of the liquid formulation is accomplished by a syringe that is marked with weight bands for easy dosing.
Answered by: Christine
Date published: 2016-09-30

What if cat cannot tolerate the flavor of Atopica?

My vet said that Atopica is bitter tasting. I have a cat that definitely benefits from Atopica -- if I can get it into him. I give him just half his dose at a time. But he cannot tolerate the taste so I try to hide it in his wet food. But it doesn't work that well. He sniffs the food and if he detects the scent of medicine, he just walks away. Is there something I can put with the dose to mask the taste? Because when he takes Atopica, it works very well, but it's pointless to put it in food that he won't eat.
Asked by: KG
Our foster cat is on Atopica for stomatitis also. She gags drools and will throw up this foul tasting med. one thing I did was slatter butter in the syringe so the butter hit first followed by the Atopica. This helped ALOT!  You can have your vet call into a pharmacy and have the Atopica compounded with a tasty flavor. We did this and our Foster cat takes in much better now. Hope one of these suggestions helps
Answered by: Penny
Date published: 2017-06-13


Vet has given my cat cyclosporin for stomatits. I haven't seen any remarks about using this med for that diease. does anyone have any info regarding this?
Asked by: kit
Cyclosporine has been used in the treatment of stomatitis in cats. Discuss any concerns you may have with your pet's veterinarian.
Answered by: Cheryl-Pharmacist
Date published: 2015-04-10

Is there a pill form of Atopica for cats?

Asked by: Paula
The atopica only comes in liquid for cats and it is available in capsule form for dogs.
Answered by: Kelly P
Date published: 2017-06-13
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