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Apoquel Tablets for Dogs

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Apoquel is an oral tablet that works differently than other allergy medications. It goes straight to the source to help relieve itch and inflammation at its core—addressing the underlying cause of irritation and soothing allergic reactions. It starts to relieve those unpleasant symptoms within 4 hours, and effectively controls itching within 24. Apoquel is ideal for both short or long-term treatment and can help to offer relief without many of the side effects associated with steroids.


Apoquel is indicated for the relief of itching and inflammation caused by allergic skin disease (atopy, atopic dermatitis) in dogs 12 months of age or older.

Possible Side Effects

The most common side effects were vomiting and diarrhea and similar to those seen with placebo (sugar pills). These side effects occurred in only a small percentage of dogs treated with Apoquel and typically stopped on their own.

Drug & Food Interactions

Apoquel has not been tested in dogs receiving medications commonly used to treat skin conditions such as glucocorticoids, cyclosporines, and other systemic immunosuppressive agents. 


Do not use Apoquel in dogs less than 12 months of age or those with serious infections. APOQUEL may increase the chances of developing serious infections and may cause existing parasitic skin infestations or pre-existing cancers to get worse. APOQUEL has not been tested in dogs receiving some medications including some commonly used to treat skin conditions such as corticosteroids and cyclosporyne. Apoquel is not for use in breeding dogs or pregnant or lactating females. Dogs taking Apoquel should be monitored for the development of infections.

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    Allergies, Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
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Recommended Dosage

Follow the dosage instructions given by your veterinarian. This medication may be taken with or without food.

Storage Instructions

Store at controlled room temperature between 68° - 77°F with excursions between 59° - 104°F.


Why is my dog itching so much?

Occasional itching is a fact of life for dogs. However, allergies, fleas, infection, mites, and other diseases may cause more frequent or constant itching, indicating a more serious condition. If your dog’s itching seems out of control, and the scratching persists, or causes skin or coat changes, make an appointment to visit your veterinarian.

Does my dog need medical treatment?

If your dog’s itching persists or you notice any of the following signs, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian to find out if the itching is caused by a medical condition:

  • Excessive licking, chewing, biting, or scratching
  • Excessive rolling, rubbing or scooting
  • Hair loss
  • Foot chewing
  • Recurrent ear problems
  • Changes in the skin, such as sores or darkened color
  • Redness of the skin
  • Body odor
  • Head shaking

What is Apoquel (Oclacitinib Tablet) used for?

Apoquel is an allergy medicine for dogs, prescribed by veterinarians for dogs older than 1 year of age to help lessen itch and inflammation due to allergic dermatitis.

Is Apoquel a steroid?

Apoquel is not a steroid, antihistamine, or cyclosporine (a type of drug that reduces immune system activity). Apoquel is in a different category of medications, which blocks allergic itch at the source.

Can I use Apoquel for a short time to treat a flare-up?

Yes, you can use Apoquel for short periods. Apoquel begins relieving the itch within 4 hours and controls it within 24 hours.

How long can my dog use Apoquel?

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not placed any time restrictions on the use of Apoquel. You can continue to treat your dog with Apoquel for as long as your veterinarian recommends.

Can Apoquel be given with food?

Yes, Apoquel can be given to your dog with or without food.

How fast will Apoquel start working?

Apoquel starts relieving itch within 4 hours of giving the treatment to your dog.

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