Apoquel

Apoquel

Apoquel is a prescription medication for veterinary use. To purchase this medication, you will need to have a valid prescription from a registered veterinarian, which you can upload on our site, email or fax to us. The active ingredient in Apoquel is Oclacitinib maleate and is generally used for the treatment of pruritus associated with allergic dermatitis in dogs.

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What is Apoquel?

Apoquel is used for the treatment of pruritus associated with allergic dermatitis in dogs, including flea allergy dermatitis, contact allergy, food allergy and atopy. 

 

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How is Apoquel given?

Apoquel tablets are administered orally and can be administered with or without food. 

Are there any potential side effects?

There are generally few side effects from Apoquel, as long as it is administered according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Some of the most common side effects reported are vomiting, diarrhoea, lack of appetite, and tiredness. These effects may be alleviated by giving the medication with food. 

Less common side effects include respiratory infections, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and gastrointestinal ulceration. If your pet develops a fever, shortness of breath or other adverse reactions to the drug, please contact your veterinarian immediately. 

What if I miss giving my pet the medication?

If you miss a dose, give the medication as soon as possible and then resume the normal dosing schedule. Please consult your prescribing Veterinarian for more information. 

Are there any drug interactions I should be aware of?

Apoquel has been used safely with many common medications, including antihistamines, antibiotics, allergy immunotherapy, and vaccines. However, please let your prescribing Veterinarian know if your pet is on any other medications, including vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies. 

Is there any monitoring that needs to be done with this medication?

Periodic bloodwork monitoring is sometimes recommended for pets that are given Apoquel on a long-term basis. Some pets may develop decreased white blood cell counts while on Apoquel, making them prone to infection. Please consult your prescribing Veterinarian to determine if bloodwork monitoring is required. 

Are there any risk factors for this medication?

Apoquel should not be used in breeding, pregnant, or nursing dogs. This medication may also cause existing parasitic skin infestations to worsen. Pets with cancer or a history of cancer should also avoid Apoquel, as it may exacerbate the condition. 

How do I store the  Apoquel ?

Store below 25 degrees (air conditioning). 

What should I do in case of emergency?

If you suspect an adverse reaction to the medication or an overdose, contact your local vet and/or local animal emergency service immediately. 

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