Atopica (Cyclosporine) Pet Medication Information
Atopica is prescribed for dogs with atopic dermatitis. This condition is caused be an allergic reaction which could be brought on by one of many things including their food, the environment, or even the detergent used on their bedding.
Cyclosporine is the active ingredient in this medicine and is a cyclic polypeptide consisting of eleven amino acids. Atopica stops the helper T-lymphocytes from conveying chemical messages that end up cause your dog’s skin mast cells to release histamine. Without histamine, no inflammation can occur in the nerve endings of your dog’s skin and it will not experience severe itching. If your dog’s nerve endings are irritated, they can itch and hurt. Atopica is just the right medicine to buy for your dog if it has lost its hair and damaged its skin through constant scratching. Atopica is in the form of capsules that are taken orally, and should only be prescribed if your dog weighs at least 1.8 kilograms.
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Atopica is manufactured by Novartis and we have it in 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg. These dosages are also available in the generic capsules, called Cyclosporin, and manufactured by different companies. Shipping to the United States would take approximately 2-3 weeks. Standard shipping charges are $9.95 per order.
We would need a copy of your pet's prescription from their vet. They could forward a copy to us by fax to 1-855-776-0006. If you are given a copy and need to send the prescription yourself, you can email a copy to [email protected], or upload a copy on our website.
Initially, the dog being treated will receive 5mg per kg per day as one dose for the next thirty days. After the first treatment, the vet may recommend giving the dog its medicine every other day. It can even be twice every week. When the minimum amount is reached, the dog will be healed. When giving this medicine to your dog, ensure that it is either one hour prior to a meal or two hours after eating.
Should it miss one dose, administer the next planned dose. Atopica should be given only once per day, so don’t give your dog an overdose. The product label should show you the exact amount to give your dog based on its body weight. For instance, dogs weighing 2 to 2.9 kilograms should be given one 10mg capsule.
A huge dog weighing 36 to 55.9 kilograms should be given 2, 100mg capsules once per day. Make sure you follow the veterinary’s instructions well and read the product label.
Side Effects of Atopica
Several dogs that are treated with Atopica hardly experience any effects. However, there are about thirty percent of them that will vomit; lack of appetite, diarrhea or have GI upsets. The best way to treat your pet without risking it having side effects is to give it a smaller starting dose. If you give it a normal starting dose and the side effects occur, allow these to disappear on their own in about a week or two.
Occasionally, Atopica could trigger skin and gum irritation, and as a result, the affected dogs might develop thickened, swollen gums while others might endure red or tender ear flaps. Still, there are some dogs that might develop thickened foot pads. These as well as shedding of hair are normal side effects of Atopica.
If you have a dog that is under six months old, then don’t give it Atopica. As well as this measure, consider the following:
- Avoid giving Atopica to dogs that are pregnant or lactating
- Discuss with your veterinarian about the risk of gastrointestinal problems, gingival hyperplasia and neoplastic and infectious conditions
- If the animal has diabetes mellitus or develops it while being treated with Atopica, tell the veterinarian
- If the pet is on medicines that affect the P450 enzyme system, let the vet know
- Use with caution if your doctor has renal insufficiency
The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.