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Atopica (Cyclosporine) Capsules for Dogs, 15 capsules

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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 are usually mild and often get better with time.

Common but not serious side effects include:

-Vomiting, reduced appetite, diarrhea. These effects are seen in approximately 1 in 3 dogs usually in the first 1-2 days after starting the drug and often improve over time. Your veterinarian may prescribe anti-vomiting medications or temporarily stop the drug if these occur.

-Overgrowth of gums (gingival hyperplasia) and skin growths (both are rare).

-Lethargy (tiredness, lack of energy). You don’t have to be overly concerned if you see any of these signs unless they are severe, worsen, or continue to be a problem. Contact your veterinarian if this happens.

Side effects that may be serious or indicate a serious problem:

-Infection. Watch for signs of infection such as fever (103°F-104°F), tiredness or lack of energy, sneezing, coughing, poor appetite, or runny eyes. If you see any of these side effects, contact your veterinarian immediately.

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.

  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Common Brand Name(s)
    Atopica, Ciclosporin, Cyclosporine A, Neoral, Sandimmune
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  • For Use With
  • Administration Form
  • Brand
  • Product Form
  • Health Condition
    Allergies, Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
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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.

When should this medication not be used or be used very carefully?

No drug is 100% safe in all patients, but your veterinarian will discuss with you any specific concerns about using this drug in your animal. This drug SHOULD NOT be used in dogs: That are allergic to it; With suspected cancer or a history of cancer.

This drug should be used WITH CAUTION in dogs: That have an infection; With liver or kidney disease; That are pregnant or nursing; With a seizure disorder (eg, epilepsy); That are under 4 lb (2 kg) body weight or younger than 6 months old.

If your animal has any of these conditions, talk to your veterinarian about the potential risks versus benefits.

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    Chewy is a godsend. Our dog has allergies requiring special food and medication. Chewy carries everything we need and it arrives in a day or two after ordering.

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    Great for medications in a timely manner

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    I’m happy with the medication and service, but I have to tell you I was not happy with her birthday box. She won’t eat the salmon treat and I don’t blame her. They stink. She doesn’t like the other treat either. Not sure the box was worth what it cost. Sorry

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    Great Service, better price

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    Atopica is expensive and I need both 100mg and 25mg as a single dose. Chewy had a competitive price and they contacted the Vet dermatologist for approval to fill Rx. Happy with Chewy but not sure yet if Atopica is working for my allergy ridden dog. It takes a few weeks to know if it's having an effect and each box of Rx only covers two weeks. This means I'll be ordering the Rx often.

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    Works for my cats allergies.

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    Have been using Atopica over 4yrs on my cat for seasonal allergies. Name brand seems to works better than generic. Football shaped capsule is easy to swallow. My cat will take a pill without a fuss. Big reduction in his itching-scratching. He takes it year round every other day.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Miracle pill

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    My dog has been on this for 6 years. We hesitated at first due to the cost, but my dog was suffering with skin issues and nothing else was helping. Within days this made a life changing difference for him. He’s 14 and still takes it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Good medication, but expensive....

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    Atopica is definitely a good medication; got my boy's skin back into shape. He handled it well, with no side effects. The cost is the killer. My boy has to be on this every day for the rest of his life...autoimmune issue. At almost $200.00 per month, that's a chunk! The manufacturer had a rebate on it; then stopped. I wish they would do something about the cost. I love my boy and will do what I have too. However, some may not be in the same position; that's the shame of it all.

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    Chewy rules in customer satisfaction

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    I have been working with Chewy for 6 months. Of all vendors they have become the top in customer satisfaction. My dog has severe IBD and has had virutally a bi-weekly diet change. Chewy has refunded for the food that she is unable to tolerate without question. I am proud Chewy is part of my family!

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    Excellent service!

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    Consistently excellent products and service both on the web and on the phone! Rare these days! Buy all my pet supplies from Chewy.

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    Autoship is a Lifesaver !!

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    Thanks to Chewy for assisting me with a peaceful pet life. The AutoShip of my dog’s monthly allergy meds is Fantastic!!

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    Finally got rx.

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    Took awhile but finally got meds. Too soon to know if they will work.

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