Apoquel (oclacitinib maleate) 16 mg Tablets, 100 Count

Apoquel 16mg for dogs: Relief of short- and long-term allergic itch
Apoquel (oclacitinib maleate) 16 mg Tablets, 100 Count
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Apoquel is a medication prescribed for dogs to manage itching and inflammation associated with various allergic skin conditions. The active ingredient in Apoquel is oclacitinib. It's commonly used to provide relief for dogs suffering from conditions such as allergic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and pruritus (itching) caused by various allergies.

Control of pruritus associated with allergic dermatitis and control of atopic dermatitis in dogs at least 12 months of age.

  • Not for use in dogs with serious infections.
  • May increase susceptibility to infection, including demodicosis, and exacerbate neoplastic conditions.
  • Not for use in breeding dogs, or pregnant or lactating bitches.

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Apoquel (oclacitinib maleate) 16 mg

The dose of APOQUEL (oclacitinib maleate) tablets is 0.18 to 0.27 mg oclacitinib/lb (0.4 to 0.6 mg oclacitinib/kg) body weight, administered orally, twice daily for up to 14 days, and then administered once daily for maintenance therapy. APOQUEL may be administered with or without food.


 1. What is Apoquel?

Apoquel is a brand name for the drug oclacitinib, which is a prescription medication used to manage itching and inflammation associated with allergic skin conditions in dogs. It is commonly prescribed for dogs with atopic dermatitis, flea allergy dermatitis, and food allergies.


2. How does Apoquel work?

Apoquel works by targeting and inhibiting certain enzymes and signaling pathways involved in the body's immune response to allergens. By reducing the release of inflammatory chemicals, it helps to relieve itching and inflammation in dogs.


3. Is Apoquel safe for my dog?

Apoquel is generally considered safe when used as directed by a veterinarian. However, it's essential to follow the recommended dosage and schedule, as well as inform your vet about any preexisting health conditions your dog may have.


4. What conditions can Apoquel treat in dogs?

Apoquel is primarily used to manage itching and inflammation associated with allergic skin conditions in dogs, including atopic dermatitis, flea allergy dermatitis, and food allergies.


5. Is Apoquel suitable for all dog breeds and sizes?

Apoquel is safe for use in most dog breeds and sizes, but the dosage may vary based on the dog's weight and health condition. It is crucial to use the specific product designed for the dog's weight.


6. How is Apoquel administered to dogs?

Apoquel is available in tablet form and is given orally. The tablets come in different strengths, and the dosage will be determined by your veterinarian based on your dog's weight and the severity of the skin condition.


7. Can Apoquel be given with other medications?

Inform your veterinarian about any other medications or supplements your dog is taking to avoid potential drug interactions. While Apoquel is generally well-tolerated, it's essential to ensure it's safe to use with other drugs.


8. Are there any side effects associated with Apoquel use?

Apoquel is generally well-tolerated, but some dogs may experience side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, or mild lethargy. In rare cases, more severe adverse reactions like immune-related disorders may occur. If you notice any concerning symptoms, contact your veterinarian.


9. Can Apoquel be used for long-term treatment?

Apoquel can be used for short-term or long-term management of chronic allergic skin conditions in dogs. Your veterinarian will determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your dog's specific needs.


10. What should I do if my dog accidentally overdoses on Apoquel?

If you suspect your dog has ingested more Apoquel than prescribed or is showing signs of an overdose (such as severe vomiting, diarrhea, or unusual behavior), seek immediate veterinary attention. An overdose of Apoquel can be dangerous and requires prompt medical intervention.


11. Can Apoquel be used in other animals like cats or humans?

Apoquel is specifically formulated for dogs and should not be used in other animals or humans. Dosages and potential side effects can vary greatly among species, so it's essential to use medications designed specifically for the particular pet.