|Treating dogs affected by atopic dermatitis
Atopica (Cyclosporin) is a veterinary immunosuppressant used to treat itching and other symptoms associated with canine atopic dermatitis. Other forms of treatment for this condition (such as corticosteroids) only serve to mask the symptoms, and may trigger frequent side effects. This medicine acts on the immune system's cells which normally produce itching and skin inflammation as part of the response to allergens, and helps to stop feelings of itching on the skin, thereby providing effective relief for the dog and preventing infected lesions due to excessive scratching.
Dosage and Administration
Atopica (Cyclosporin) comes as 10mg strength soft capsules which you administer to your dog orally. Vets often calculate the dosage at a rate of 5mg per kilogram of body weight per day, with treatment lasting for 30 days. However, this could vary and you are advised to listen carefully to the instructions given by the vet. After this initial period, the vet may adjust or reduce the dosage until the minimum level that will achieve the necessary therapeutic effects. Give the tablet to your dog either 1 hour before it eats or else 2 hours after eating.
Keep a close eye on your dog while it is being treated with Atopica (Cyclosporin) capsules. Possible side effects may include:
- Tiredness and lethargy
- Gastrointestinal reactions
- Unusually hyperactive mood
- Soreness affecting the muscles
- Gingival hyperplasia (gum enlargement)
Should your pet appear to exhibit signs or symptoms of a reaction, bring it to the vet.
This medication is only approved for veterinary use and must never be taken by human patients.
Dogs who have suffered from neoplasia in the past should not be treated with these capsules.
Seek immediate emergency veterinary attention if your animal suffers an allergic reaction. Symptoms to watch for, which may be indicative of a reaction, include skin rashes, hives, swelling of the face or limbs, trouble breathing, and trouble swallowing.
Always use Atopica (Cyclosporin) on your animal as you have been prescribed by the vet. Never change your animal's dosage without first consulting a vet. The correct dosage can vary depending on your animal's health, medical history, and the severity of the condition being treated.
This medication may not be safe for all animals. Before you begin using it always disclose the following to the vet:
- If your pet is pregnant used for breeding.
- If it suffers from any allergies.
- If your pet suffers from any other health conditions or illnesses.
- If you are giving your animal any other medicine (including all non-prescription).
- If you are giving it any supplements, vitamins, or herbal products of any kind.