Atopica for dogs and cats is a prescription-only medication for treating immune-mediated diseases such as atopic dermatitis. Atopica is available to buy as capsules for dogs or oral suspension for cats and dogs.

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How Does Atopica Work?

The active ingredient in Atopica tablets for dogs and Atopica Oral Solution For Cats and Dogs is Ciclosporin, which is used to treat immune-mediated diseases, such as atopic dermatitis in dogs and allergic dermatitis in cats. 

Ciclosporin is an immunomodulatory drug that suppresses your pet's reaction to allergic triggers and relieves their symptoms. 

Please note, Ciclosporin is also an immunosuppressant, so your pet may be more open to infections when taking Atopica treatments. This should be explained fully to you by your vet, and more information can be found in the provided product data-sheet. 

Atopica products are not to be used in dogs less than six months of age or less than 2 kg in weight or cats infected with FeLV or FIV.

How long does Atopica take to work?

Pets need to be treated with Atopica for at least 2-3 weeks before improvements in their condition can be seen. It can take up to 6 weeks for Atopica to reach the ideal levels in the body, which is what makes it such a popular choice for treating long-term conditions such as chronic manifestations of atopic dermatitis. If the treatment does work, then dosages may be reduced over time, and treatments can be stopped once the symptoms are controlled. 

What are the Atopica side effects?

As with all prescription medication, there are some potential side effects when using Atopica for dogs or cats, but they are uncommon and tend to be mild, and many disappear once treatment is stopped. 

Atopica side effects vary between cats and dogs (as shown below), but are less common in dogs than in cats. 

Atopica Side Effects in Dogs: 

- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea 
- Lethargy 
- Loss of appetite

Atopica Side Effects in Cats:

- Vomiting and/or diarrhoea 
- Decreased appetite.
- Lethargy.
- Hypersalivation.

You can learn more about potential side effects in the provided Atopica data sheet. If you are concerned about the potential side effects of this medicine, speak with your vet for further advice. 

How to Administer Atopica for Dogs and Cats

Atopica capsules for dogs are to be administered orally once a day, 2 hours before feeding by inserting the capsule directly into your dog's mouth. 

Atopica oral solutions are to be administered orally either by mixing in with your pet's food or directly into your pet's mouth using the provided syringe. When administering directly, make sure to insert the syringe directly into the pet's mouth and deliver the complete dosage required. 

The recommended dose of Atopica will be decided by your vet.

Can you Buy Atopica for Cats Without a Vet Prescription? 

All Atopica products are prescription-only veterinary medicine, which means they can only be purchased using a valid, in-date prescription from your vet. You can learn more about ordering a prescription medicine for your pet from Pet Drugs Online on our prescription information pageFor your pet's safety, always be wary of any organisation offering to sell Atopica or any other prescription-only veterinary medicines without a prescription. 

Please note, while we have an onsite vet to oversee the sales of prescription medicines, we do not offer veterinary consultations or advice.