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ATOPICA and your Cat:
ATOPICA (cyclosporine) MODIFIED is an oral solution that acts as a cyclic polypeptide, immune modulating agent, controlling atopic dermatitis in your cat as manifested by excoriations (including facial and neck), miliary dermatitis, eosinophilic plaques, and self-induced alopecia in cats at least 6 months of age and at least 3 lbs of body weight. ATOPICA is formulated to provide your cat with a minimum cyclosporine dose of 3.2 mg/lb/day (7 mg/kg/day) as a single daily dose for 30 to 45 days.
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Advantage of ATOPICA:
ATOPICA reduces and improve conditions as pruritus and skin lesions to derive a feline Atopic Dermatitis. ATOPICA do not contains any steroid and for this reason is a safe dermatitis treatment for your cat.
How ATOPICA works:
ATOPICA (cyclosporine) has been shown to work as suppressant and inhibitor of of T-helper and T-suppressor cells, this two are involved in allergic reactions affecting your cat. ATOPICA for Cats is not a corticosteroid or antihistamine.
Please consult your veterinarian or pharmacist before your cat takes any other Prescription, Over-the-counter, vitamins or Herbal Medications.
(Cyclosporine capsules, USP) MODIFIED
What is ATOPICA:
ATOPICA (cyclosporine capsules USP) MODIFIED is an oral solution recommended for the treatment of atopic dermatitis in cats 6 weeks of age and older and weighing at least 3 lbs of body weight.
What I need to know about ATOPICA:
Your cat may be suffering atopic dermatitis and you may not know, some of the atopic dermatitis symptoms include hair loss, gnawing, scratching, licking, chewing, and itching. ATOPICA is a prescription medication. ATOPICA is an oral solution your veterinarian may prescribe to treat atopic dermatitis on your cat. ATOPICA suppress your cat immune system, is important for you to know about the susceptibility to infection and the development of neoplasia your cat is expose while getting this medication. ATOPICA is not a corticosteroid or an antihistamine. Do not combine ATOPICA with drugs such as ketoconazole, and methylprednisolone this may develop side effects and reaction on your cat.
What I need to tell and ask my veterinarian if ATOPICA is prescribe to my Cat:
If your veterinarian prescribe ATOPICA to your cat, comment if your cat is less than 6 months of age or less than 3 lbs body weight. ATOPICA is not for use in breeding cats, pregnant or lactating bitches. Also comment with your if your cat had any history of chronic illness, renal failure condition, any tumor your cat may had in the past, and if your cat just passed any infection episode.
Indications for this drug:
Follow strictly the indications as your veterinarian gives on your prescription. ATOPICA is indicated for the control of atopic dermatitis as manifested by excoriations (including facial and neck), miliary dermatitis, eosinophilic plaques, and self-induced alopecia in cats weighing at least 3 lbs body weight and more than 6 months of age. ATOPICA should be given to your cat at least one hour before or two hours after a meal. The recommended dosage of ATOPICA is orally 3.2 mg/lb/day (7 mg/kg/day) as a single daily dose for 30 to 45 days. Do not give ATOPICA more frequent than once daily.
What I should do if 1 dose is skipped:
Continue with the following dose, do not give two doses at once.
What I should do if my pet suffer an overdose:
Call or Visit your nearest veterinary emergency center immediately.
During the trealtment:
Call your veterinarian about any other medication you may want to give to your cat. ATOPICA is a systemic immunosuppressant that may expose your cat easily to infection and the development of tuors, Store ATOPICA at room temperature, between 59-86° F (15°-30° C).
Side Effects of ATOPICA:
Your cat may experience vomiting/Retching/Regurgitation, Weight Loss, Diarrhea, Anorexia/Decreased Appetite, Lethargy/Malaise, Hypersalivation, Behavioral Disorder (hiding, hyperactivity, aggression), Ocular Discharge/Epiphora/Conjunctivitis, Sneezing/Rhinitis, Gingivitis/Gingival Hyperplasia, Polydipsia. If during the treatment you have additional questions or concerns about your pet and ATOPICA please contact your veterinarian or pharmacist and they will assist you with the accurate answer.
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
ATOPICA is an oral medication for Cats weighing at least 3 lbs of body weight.
The dispensing system includes an oral dosing syringe graduated in 1 lb increments. To dose the cat, the syringe should be filled to the nearest 1 lb corresponding to the cat’s body weight. Do not rinse or clean the oral dosing syringe between uses.
We show you as follow the Dispensing System and Preparing a Dose of ATOPICA® for Cat.
The dispensing system consists of 4 parts:
1. A bottle containing the medicine, with rubber stopper and a screw cap to close the bottle after use.
2. A plastic adapter with dip tube that you will push into the neck of the bottle. The adapter must always remain in the bottle after first use.
3. An oral dosing syringe that fits into the top of the plastic adapter to withdraw the prescribed dose of medicine from the bottle.
4. A plastic vial containing the plastic adapter and oral dosing syringe. Save the plastic vial to store the oral dosing syringe between each use.
- Remove and save the screw cap.
- Remove and dispose of the rubber stopper.
- Hold the open bottle upright on a table and push the plastic adapter firmly into the neck of the bottle as far as you can, then close the bottle with the screw cap.
Preparing a Dose of Medicine
1. Push and turn the child-resistant screw cap to open the bottle. Note: Always close the bottle with the child-resistant screw cap after use.
2. Check that the plunger of the oral dosing syringe is pushed all the way down.
3. Keep the bottle upright and insert the oral dosing syringe firmly into the plastic adapter.
4. Slowly pull the plunger up so that the oral dosing syringe fills with the medicine.
5. Expel any large bubbles by pushing and pulling the plunger a few times. The presence of a few tiny bubbles is not important for dosing accuracy.
6. Withdraw the dose of medicine prescribed by your veterinarian. The scale on the oral dosing syringe corresponds to the cat’s body weight.
Note: If the prescribed dose is more than the maximum volume marked on the oral dosing syringe, you will need to reload the syringe to withdraw the full dose.
7. Remove the oral dosing syringe by gently twisting it out of the plastic adapter.
You can now place the oral dosing syringe over a small amount of food or introduce the syringe in the mouth of your cat and push the medicine out of the syringe. See Information for Cat Owners for complete administration instructions.
Give ATOPICA to your Cat directly on a small amount of food or orally just after feeding. Whenever possible, ATOPICA for Cats should be administered on a consistent schedule with regard to meals and time of day.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION:
Start giving ATOPICA to your Cat with 3.2 mg/lb/day (7 mg/kg/day) once daily for 30 to 45 days. After this period ATOPICA may be tapered by decreasing the frequency of dosing to every other day or two times a week, until a minimum frequency is reached which will maintain the desired therapeutic effect. As follow we represent the dose based on your Cat body weight.
ATOPICA for Cats is supplied in glass amber bottles of 5 and 17 mL at 100 mg/mL. Follow the guidelines on the dispensing system (See Instructions for Assembling the Dispensing System and Preparing a Dose of ATOPICA for Cats).
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