Cyclosporine is an effective generic alternative to Atopica. It is primarily used to treat atopic dermatitis but it can also be used to treat other medical problems when used as directed. What is Cyclosporine? This is a generic alternative to Atopica. It is an immune suppressant that is commonly used to treat atopic dermatitis but can also be used to treat some immune mediated diseases, anal fistulas in dogs, and asthma in cats when used as directed. What are the benefits of Cyclosporine? Treats atopic dermatitis and some other medical ailments. Less side effects as compared to steroids. Generic option that is effective and easy to administer. Formulated for: cats and dogs can take this medication. How is this medication given? Give Cyclosporine by mouth without food unless told otherwise. Your veterinarian will provide you with the instructions that are best for you pet. Always follow the prescribed instructions precisely. Capsules are very bitter so do not open them or sprinkle them on food. If you are unsure of how to give Cyclosporine properly, call your veterinarian. How does this medication work? Cyclosporine works to target cells in the immune system that are responsible for allergic reactions and some other immune system abnormalities. What results can I expect? Results are usually not observed immediately and it can take several weeks to see improvement. Never stop medication abruptly or skip doses unless your veterinarian instructs you to or symptoms can recur or worsen. Your veterinarian may reduce your pets dose over time based on his/her response to treatment. Your pet s symptoms should improve over time. What form(s) does Cyclosporine come in? Capsules. Generic Name: Cyclosporine(Common Drug Name) Common Brand Name: Sandimmune (human), Neoral (human), Atopica (veterinary) Dose and Administration: Follow the instructions from your veterinarian precisely. Give without food unless your veterinarian instructs you otherwise. Do not open sprinkle contents on food. Never stop giving Cyclosporine abruptly. Give a dose as soon as you remember if you forget to give a dose but never give two doses at once. This medication should only be given to the pet it has been prescribed for. Uses: Cyclosporine treats atopic dermatitis. It can also be used to treat other diseases of the immune system. It has been used for anal fistulas in dogs, asthma in cats, and to prevent rejection after organ transplants. Possible Side Effects: Inappetance, vomiting, and diarrhea are possible with Cyclosporine. Other side effects can include allergic reactions, muscle cramps, shedding, increased hair growth, or gum overgrowth. Other side effects may occur. Drug and Food Interactions: There are multiple medications and supplements that may interact with Cyclosporine. This includes NSAIDs and corticosteroids but other drug interactions are possible. Give your veterinarian a complete list of all medications and supplements your dog/cat is taking. Precautions: Cyclosporine should not be given to animals who are allergic to it or similar ingredients. Extreme caution should be used when using Cyclosporine in pets with kidney or liver disease and cannot be used in pets with malignant cancer. Breeding or pregnant animals should not take Cyclosporine unless your veterinarian feels the benefits outweigh the risks. Milk replacer should be used if a lactating female is using Cyclosporine while nursing. Storage: Cyclosporine should be stored at room temperature out of reach from children and pets. A prescription from your veterinarian is required to purchase Cyclosporine. Size: 25 mg.
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