Compounded Cyclosporine (Atopica,Neoral,Gengraf) For for Veterinary Use
Cyclosporine is an immunosuppressant. It can be used to prevent organ transplant rejections and is sometimes used to treat skin and blood conditions that are caused by an over active immune system. In cats, cyclosporin is used to control feline allergic dermatitis. This medication takes several doses before you will see any effect. The medication’s full effect may not even be outwardly visible and may require testing from your veterinarian. Cyclosporine does require a prescription from your veterinarian in order to be dispensed. You and your veterinarian should discuss if this is the best option for your pet.
Cyclosporine is given orally and can be compounded into the desired strength and flavor that best suits your pet. We compound this medication into suspensions and capsules. Cyclosporin is best given on an empty stomach (1 hour before or 2 hours after feeding). Missing doses can cause the drug to no work properly. This medication is considered a hazardous drug and may be harmful to individuals that touch the medication if it is not prescribed to them. Therefore, gloves should be worn while administering the medication to your animal. In addition, pregnant women should use caution when handling this medication as it may contribute to a higher risk for birth defects. Cyclosporin should be given as instructed on your prescription. If you miss a dose do not double up on the medication. Wait until the next dose is due and follow the normal dosing schedule as directed.
The most common side effects of this medication are GI upset, vomiting, and diarrhea. If your animal starts experiencing any sign of infection, contact your veterinarian as these may be signs of more serious issues. Overdoses of this medication can be serious. If you suspect an overdose, contact your veterinarian or poison control.