Atopica (Cyclosproine) is the first oral medication specifically developed to control Atopic Dermatitis. Atopy is one of the miserable itchy skin conditions our four-legged friends suffer from almost year around here in Central Texas.
Atopic dermatitis is the second most common form of allergies in dogs. It occurs when a dog inhales something it is allergic to, such as pollens, molds or dander. Living in the Austin area, we can all relate to the suffering our dog’s experience from allergies. While humans mostly exhibit upper respiratory symptoms, our dogs are more likely experiencing skin problems. Breeds that are predisposed to atopy are Labrador retrievers, most terriers, Pugs, Dalmatians, and Lhasa Apsos. In actuality, any breed can be susceptible in the Austin area. Atopica shows a high response rate for dogs with atopy. Over 70% of dogs show a favorable response and Atopica can be used long term to help these pets. This medication is contraindicated in pregnant and nursing dogs, and in dogs with a history of neoplasia, since cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant drug. Common side effects are mostly gastrointestinal, including vomiting and diarrhea, but this is usually transient. Atopica is best absorbed when given on an empty stomach, either two hours before or after eating.
Learn more at the Atopica website.