Apoquel (oclacitinib tablet) is an FDA-Approved solution that treats acute and chronic pruritus in dogs and provides fast-acting relief from its symptoms. Though pruritus can be caused by skin disease, cancer, and other conditions- this treatment is specifically formulated to fight pruritus associated with skin allergies. It can also be taken in conjunction with other medications meant to treat your dog’s seasonal allergies as directed by your veterinarian.
Apoquel starts working within 4 hours of administering the first dose and controls itching within 24 hours. To ensure that it’s easy to administer the proper dosage to your dog, this treatment comes in three different dosages, each of which is sold individually, in packs of 100.
Apoquel is not for use in breeding dogs, or pregnant or lactating dogs. It is not for use in dogs less than 12 months of age or dogs with serious infections. Apoquel may increase susceptibility to infection, including demodicosis, and exacerbate neoplastic conditions.
The dose of Apoquel (oclacitinib maleate) tablets is 0.18 to 0.27 mg oclacitinib/lb (0.4 to 0.6 mg oclacitinib/kg) body weight, administered orally, twice daily for up to 14 days, and then administered once daily for maintenance therapy. Apoquel may be administered with or without food.
|Weight Range (lb)||Tablets Administered|
|6.6 - 9.9||0.5 Tablets (3.6 mg)|
|10.0 - 14.9||0.5 Tablets (5.4 mg)|
|15.0 - 19.9||1 Tablet (3.6 mg)|
|20.0 - 29.9||1 Tablet (5.4 mg)|
|30.0 - 44.9||0.5 Tablets (16 mg)|
|45.0 - 59.9||2 Tablets (5.4 mg)|
|60.0 - 89.9||1 Tablet (16 mg)|
|90.0 - 129.9||1.5 Tablets (16 mg)|
|130.0 - 175.9||2 Tablets (16 mg)|
Apoquel should be stored at controlled room temperature between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) with excursions between 15° to 40°C (59° to 104°F). Keep away from children and animals.
Diarrhea, anorexia, polydipsia, occasional vomiting and lethargy. Formation of new dermal, epidermal or subcutaneous lumps may occur when treating atopic dermatitis
Can Apoquel be given with food? Yes, it can be given to your dog with or without food.
Is Apoquel a steroid or a type of antihistamine? It is not a steroid, antihistamine, or cyclosporine. Unlike other medicines, Apoquel blocks allergic itch at the source. So, it works at the underlying cause of itch to provide relief fast.
Can I use Apoquel for a short time to treat a flare-up? Yes, you can use it for short periods. Apoquel begins relieving the itch within 4 hours, and controls it within 24 hours.
How long can my dog use Apoquel? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not placed any time restrictions on the use of Apoquel. You can continue to treat your dog with it for as long as your veterinarian recommends. In studies, dogs were treated with Apoquel for more than 2 years.