What is Atopica (Cyclosporin) used for?
Atopica (Cyclosporin) is an oral medication prescribed to treat atopic dermatitis affecting dogs weighing up to four kilograms. It is an immunosuppressant that operates by reducing the effectiveness of the immune system to stop overreactions to irritations that lead to symptoms such as dry, irritated, swollen, or scaly skin. Your veterinarian may also recommend its use for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Atopica (Cyclosporin)?
Follow your veterinarian's instructions while using Atopica (Cyclosporin) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is usually given each day, but the best dosage will depend on the dog's health condition and the severity of its symptoms. These should be given on an empty stomach either one hour before a meal or two hours following a meal to make sure its contents have emptied. Ask your veterinarian any questions you have about the medication to make sure you are using it correctly.
What are the side effects of Atopica (Cyclosporin)?
The use of Atopica (Cyclosporine) will not cause side effects in most dogs. Contact your veterinarian immediately if you witness any unusual or worrying symptoms affecting your dogs including severe diarrhea, vomiting, stiff joints, fatigue, appetite loss, or change in your dog's coat color. You are also advised to be very cautious of any signs of an allergic reaction such as skin reactions, swelling, or labored breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in serious cases.
Atopica (Cyclosporin) should not be used in dogs who are breeding, pregnant, lactating, or have blood disorders, stomach ulcers, or kidney disease. You are also recommended to bring your pet in for a medical check-up prior to use to make sure it does not have any other conditions that may cause complications with treatment. This medication is only meant to be used in dogs and should never be used to treat cats or other animals.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your veterinarian or pharmacist while using Atopica (Cyclosporin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the animal and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain animals, it is essential you always inform your veterinarian if it is pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if it has any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if it is taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if it has an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.