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FDA Approves Atopica for Cats

Posted: August 15, 2011, 6:20 p.m., EDT

Atopica for cats (cyclosporine oral solution, USP) modified, a treatment for chronic allergic dermatitis, has been approved by the FDA as the first OK'd for treating allergic dermatitis in cats.Atopica for cats (cyclosporine oral solution, USP) modified, a treatment for chronic allergic dermatitis, has been approved by the FDA as the first OK'd for treating allergic dermatitis in cats.

Allergic dermatitis causes itching, chewing, licking, skin lesions and hair loss. The drug’s manufacturer, Novartis Animal Health US Inc., previously acquired approval for a similar product used to treat atopic dermatitis in dogs.

“Atopica for cats has the potential to change how our profession treats the itchy cat,” said Keith Hnilica, DVM, MS, MBA, Diplo. ACVD, who consults with Novartis and others on dermatological issues and authored Small Animal Dermatology: A Color Atlas and Therapeutic Guide 3rd edition. “For the first time, we have a safe, highly effective, approved treatment for cats with allergic dermatitis.”

The company says Atopica relieves itching and scratching, with improvement seen in the first four weeks. After six weeks of treatment, 78 percent of cats were considered comfortable with satisfactory levels of grooming. The product, which will be available in late 2011, is also proven to reduce skin lesions.

Novartis reports that approximately one-third of cats took the medicine in their food and two-thirds were dosed directly into the mouth in studies. The product targets immune cells such as the T-lymphocytes involved in the allergic reaction. Atopic for cats is an alternative to steroids.

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My young cat was diagnosed with stomatitis. His gums and throat were inflamed and deep red. He has endured severe pain, especially when eating, resulting in weight loss. Depomedrol injections were no longer effective, as well as prednisolone tablets. He has had several dental surgeries and all his teeth have been removed. His prognosis remained poor as he had difficulty swallowing and long strands of mucous/drool would hang from his mouth. I had decided the kindest decision would be euthenasia. My vet suggested we try Atopica last month. This medication has saved my cat's life, as he is now eating well, has no drooling, and is alert and playing as he did when he was a kitten. What a blessing. Thank you.
S., Tulsa, OK
Posted: 7/2/2013 11:21:28 PM
CAN ATOPICA BE USED FOR DOGS?
WHAT YOU HAVE DESCRIBED ~ ALLERGIC DERMATITIS ~ DESCRIBES WHAT MY 13 YEAR OLD AUSSIE IS GOING THRU. SHE STARTED HAVING PROBLEMS ONE YEAR AGO WHEN I MOVED FROM NJ TO SOUTH CAROLINA.
INEZ, BEAUFORT, SC
Posted: 2/21/2013 1:28:40 PM
I cannot express how happy I am to have found Atopica! I adopted my cat from a rescue organization a year ago with numerous skin lesions, and this poor boy has been in a soft e-collar for the entire year. Even with the collar on, he still managed to reach his front legs and create huge oozing sores! I worked with a cat dermatologist for 9 months, doing every possible test and treatment. Within days of starting Atopica, he stopped worrying his skin. After 6 weeks, I was able to take off the collar, and he has been perfect ever since! We are now at 9 weeks, and I've worked him down to a dose every 2 1/2 days, and I should be at every 3 days soon. [I'm hoping for a maintenance dose of every 4 days at the most.] He never seemed to develop any stomach upset (a possible side effect). He doesn't like it when I squirt it down his throat (often he will drool afterwards), but I find that much quicker and easier than trying to get a pill down him--plus the liquid allows for a very fine-tuned dose (based on the cat's weight). He is a different cat now: happy and playful. This is truly been a miracle for me.
Beth, Pullman, WA
Posted: 4/30/2012 10:36:15 AM
My cat has taken atopica ciclosporin since late January with great results, she is now on every other day. the worst part is giving it to her she won't take it in food so it has to be injected into the mouth.
I wish the product was available in tablet form
Christine, Newcastle upon \Tyne, NE
Posted: 3/30/2012 8:04:36 AM
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