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Atopica (Cyclosporine) for Cats

Atopica (Cyclosporine) for Cats

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Description

Atopica for Cats (cyclosporine oral solution) USP Modified 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.

Indication

Atopica for Cats is indicated for the control of feline allergic dermatitis as manifested by excoriations (including facial and neck), milliary dermatitis, eosinophilic plaques, and self-induced alopecia in cats at least 6 months of age and at least 3 lbs (1.4 kg) in body weight.

Key Benefits

  • 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.


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Ingredients

Active Ingredient

Cyclosporine

Directions

View Atopica for Cats product label.

Dosage & Administration

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.

Quick Tips

  • Atopica for Cats (cyclosporine modified) is a prescription medication that comes in a liquid form with an oral syringe for easy application.
  • Atopica for Cats can be used for cats at least 6 months of age that weigh at least 3 lbs.
  • Atopica for Cats should be administered on a consistent schedule in regards to meals and time of day.
  • If a dose is missed, the next dose should be administered without doubling as soon as possible. (Never give your cat more than one dose per day.)
  • Atopica for Cats can be administered on food or orally to your cat right after his or her feeding time.

Dosage Table

PetWeightDosage
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.

Storage Directions

Atopica for Cats should only be dispensed in the original container and stored at controlled room temperature between 59° and 77°F (15°-25°C). Once opened, use contents within two months for the 5 mL container and 11 weeks for the 17 mL container.

Cautions

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.

Contraindications

Do not use in cats with a history of malignant disorders or suspected malignancy.

Do not use in cats infected with feline leukemia virus (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).

Do not use in cats with a hypersensitivity to cyclosporine.

Possible Side Effects

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 cat.

FAQ

What happens if I miss 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 cat?

Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment.

What should I avoid while using Atopica for Cats?

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 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.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before using 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.

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