Ichmune (Cyclosporin USP)
What is Ichmune (Cyclosporin USP) used for?
Ichmune C (Cyclosporine) is an immunosuppressant used to treat of atopic dermatitis in dogs. It supresses certain cells in the immune system (T-helper and T-suppressor cells) and inhibits interleukin-2. It can also be prescribed as a treatment for perianal fistulae (inflammation, ulceration and draining sinuses around the anus) in dogs.
How should I use Ichmune (Cyclosporin USP)?
The dosage of Ichmune C is usually 5mg per kg of body weight. It is given on a daily basis until significant improvement is noticable. This usually takes a period of up to four weeks. In some cases maintenance treatment will be required and a similar dosage will be given every second or third day. If no improvement is seen in 8 weeks, treatment should be stopped. Ichmune C should be given at least one hour before or two hours after eating as it works better in a fasted dog.
What are the side effects of Ichmune (Cyclosporin USP)?
Side effects while taking Ichmune C are uncommon. Your dog may develop gastrointestinal problems such as vomitting or diarrhea. Other side effects may include lethargy or hyperactivity, anorexia, mild to moderate gingival hyperplasia, skin reactions such as verruciform lesions or change of hair coat, red and swollen pinnae, muscle weakness or muscle cramps.
Dogs who have had neoplasia, who are allergic to cyclosporine, or who have a malignant disorder or progressive malignant disorder should not take Cyclosporine.
Do not have your dog vaccinated with any live vaccine during treatment, or for at least two weeks before or after treatment.
Because cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant, it can make your dog more susceptible to infection and development of neoplasia.