Atopica (Cyclosporine) Capsules for Dogs

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Atopica is an oral solution prescribed to dogs who suffer from allergic dermatitis—a skin reaction caused by contact with an allergen. This is very common in canines with allergies, and can cause their skin to become uncomfortably itchy, red and scaly. Atopica targets the root of the problem to help relieve itching, so your companion no longer feels the need to incessantly scratch, rub or lick. Atopica can help provide your dog the relief she needs.


Atopica is indicated for the control of atopic dermatitis in dogs weighing at least 4 lbs. (1.8 kg) body weight.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of appetite have been reported. Other less-common side effects include muscle cramps, muscle weakness, and change in hair coat. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet displays any unusual symptoms while taking Atopica.

Drug & Food Interactions

There are no known contraindications to the use of Atopica.


The safety and effectiveness of Atopica has not been established in dogs less than 6 months of age or less than 4 pounds of body weight. It is not for use in breeding dogs, pregnant or lactating females.

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  • Common Brand Name(s)
    Atopica, Ciclosporin, Cyclosporine A, Neoral, Sandimmune
  • Generic Name
  • Dosage Measure
    Use according to your veterinarian's instructions.
  • For Use With
  • Brand
  • Product Form
  • Health Condition
    Allergies, Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Drug Type

Cyclic Polypeptide.

Recommended Dosage

Give Atopica as directed by your veterinarian, as your dog's dose may be reduced after weeks of treatment. It's to be fed without food, preferably 1-2 hours before meals. Don't open the capsule to sprinkle over food; there will be a bitter taste unappealing to your dog. Keep capsules in the blister pack until you are ready to use them. If you miss a dose, give it as soon as you remember. Do not double dose.

Storage Instructions

Atopica should be stored and dispensed in the original unit-dose container at controlled room temperature between 59° - 77°F.


What is Atopica?

Atopica is an FDA approved capsule that is often prescribed by veterinarians in order to treat atopic dermatitis (allergies) and related symptoms that result from common allergens such dust mites, pollen, and molds. Atopica can also be effective in treating related skin conditions.

How is this medication given?

Ideally, Atopica should be given 1-2 hours before meals and without food. Do not open capsules and do not sprinkle contents on food. Follow the exact directions set forth by your veterinarian. Your dogs dose may be reduced by your veterinarian after several weeks of treatment. Start Atopica 1-2 months before your dogs allergy season if his/her problems are seasonal in nature. Do not remove each capsule from the blister pack until you are ready to use it.

How does this medication work?

Atopica fights the underlying cause of skin allergies and related skin conditions by targeting the immune cells involved in an allergic reaction.

What results can I expect?

Your dogs allergy symptoms should be reduced which should result in your dog feeling better. His/her skin should start to look less inflamed and he/she should itch less which should result in less skin lesions. You will need to be patient. Results are not immediate and it may take several weeks for you to notice a difference. Results will vary from patient to patient.


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    Great results!!!

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    Our precious GSD has had horrible skin issues for several years. We had tried and exhausted it all!!! Took him to UGA where he was tested and then put on Atopica 100mg and 25mg pills plus 1/2 pill Ketoconazole. Expensive but so worth it! We have a very happy big boy free of itchy/raw skin....NO MORE issues!!!!! Thanks Chewy for getting orders out on time and keeping those decent prices. I absolutely would always recommend Chewy to EVERYONE! Awesome company that truly cares!!!!!

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    I have used Atopica for several years and it has been a blessing for the itching. I strongly recommend it.

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    My itchy dog is finally feeling better!

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    My rat terrier scratches herself raw, but is improving with this medication. Her skin redness and scratching have calmed over the last month. I will forever be grateful to this medicine since nothing else worked. We were about to try a raw food diet next!

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    Pharmacy service a plus!

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    I discovered the chewy’s pharmacy after friend suggested I try it . I do not drive and needed to refill dogs med Levetiracetam whilevdoing so I spotted the Atopica listed. The Levetiracetam has been refilled twice now and delivery timely . When I needed the Atopica, it was a no brainer...Chewys Pharmacy!

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