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Cyclosporine Approved for Treating Allergies in Dogs

Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.

January 2004 News

In December, 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Atopica® (oral cyclosporine capsules developed by Novartis Animal Health) for the treatment of atopic dermatitis (an allergic skin condition) in dogs. When a dog is allergic to something, his body is reacting to certain molecules called 'allergens.' Atopy occurs when the dog is allergic to allergens that are inhaled. These allergens include:

House dust and dust mites

Molds

Tree, grass, and weed pollens...

Atopica is being marketed as being safer than the long-term use of corticosteroids...

Atopica will not provide immediate relief of signs (scratching, licking the feet, rubbing the face), but improvement of the signs of atopy can be expected within 4 weeks after beginning full-dosage treatment. Once good clinical improvement is seen, the dosage may be slowly decreased depending on how well the dog is responding.
 
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