What is Atopica?
Who is it for?
What are the benefits?
How does Atopica work?
Is there a generic equivalent available?
How is it given?
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. If you have difficulty giving the medication, contact your veterinarian.
Atopica (Cyclosporine) is bitter. Do not open the capsules and attempt to give the contents by sprinkling on the food. If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember.
Always follow the dosage instructions provided by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may decrease the dose of Atopica after several weeks of treatment.
This medication should only be given to the pet for whom it was prescribed.
What results can I expect?
What form(s) does it come in?
Please click on "More Information" for possible drug and food interactions with this medication.
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What should I discuss with my veterinarian while considering Atopica?
Tell your veterinarian if your pet has kidney or liver disease, cancer, or a history of cancer; or may be pregnant, is nursing, or if you intend to breed your pet.
Notify your veterinarian of any other medications or supplements your pet is taking, and also if your pet has had any reactions to previous medications.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
What is the most important information I should know?
Do not use Atopica if your pet has a history of cancer.
Who should not take it?
Use with caution in animals with kidney or liver disease. Do not use in animals with a history of cancer.
Do not use in breeding or pregnant animals unless the risks outweigh the benefits. If the mother is receiving cyclosporine, place the offspring on milk replacer after they have received the colostrum (first milk immediately after birth).
What side effects may be seen when taking Atopica?
At high doses, immune system suppression may occur, making a pet more susceptible to infection. Contact your veterinarian if your pet has a fever (over 103°F), painful urination, tiredness, sneezing, coughing, or runny eyes.
If your pet experiences an allergic reaction to the medication, signs may include facial swelling, hives, scratching, sudden onset of diarrhea, vomiting, shock, seizures, pale gums, cold limbs, or coma. If you observe any of these signs, contact your veterinarian immediately.
How is it stored?
What should I do if I know of or suspect there has been an overdose?
What should I avoid when giving my pet Atopica?
Vaccinations may be less effective when given to animals receiving Atopica. The manufacturer recommends using only killed vaccines in animals taking Atopica.
Where is more information available?