Atopica for dogs does more than relieve dog skin disorders and allergy symptoms. Like any drug, you should know what it is, how it works and all about side effects. Ready? Got a tissue?
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Atopica is used for skin conditions that don't respond to other harsh drugs such as corticosteroids and prednisone. Since it's the last alternative you may not have heard much about it.
The active ingredient in Atopica is cyclosporine which is a mycotoxin. What the heck is a mycotoxin? Well natural micotoxins are aflotoxins and are poisons produced by a fungus.
Ever notice the peanut butter recalls? How about dog food recalls? Aflotoxins at work. Poisons created by certain types of mold. They're also one of the most cancer causing substances on earth, yet I had to read three different websites on side effects before I found one that listed possible lymphoma cancer as a side effect and it certainly wasn't the manufacturer's website.
Atopica for dogs is a man made mycotoxin which effectively stops the immune system from working so it doesn't respond to the allergens causing the skin to break out.
As you can see, this isn't a cure so whatever the problem is coming from, is still there. The dog looks better but what the heck is going on inside? I shudder to think about it.
Atopica is so bad a lot of vets won't use it.
Originally used to prevent rejection after an organ transplant in humans, atopica shuts down the immune system. While it may improve the chances of rejection of a new kidney or liver, it can't fend off bacteria or viruses either.
What do you suppose happens to dogs on this drug who get vaccinations?
Interestingly I didn't find much on side effects when searching under dogs but when searching for side effects for humans, there was plenty.
Here's an excerpt from ehow.com for dog side effects of cyclosporine:
If your dog shows signs of an allergic reaction, including difficulty breathing, hives or swelling of the lips, tongue or face, stop giving cyclosporine and immediately seek emergency veterinary care.
That wasn't mentioned on the drug manufacturer's website.
Rather than listing the entire page of side effects for humans, I'm going to share what veterinarian, Dr. Deva Khalsa, lists in her article on the subject:
"The side effects of this drug include headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, shaking hands, swollen bleeding gums, cancer, kidney failure, hypertension, easy bruising, hearing problems, yellowing of skin and eyes, loss of consciousness, vision changes, swollen glands, immune suppression and dizziness."
She goes on to say,
"Interestingly, these aren’t side effects at all, but rather symptoms of poisoning caused by this mycotoxin poison. "
What literally shocked me after reading her article were responses from dog owners who think atopica for dogs is a godsend because they said they'd tried everything and nothing else would work.
What I find most sad is these are the same kind of folks who never consider whole foods to improve health and contact me about herbs and supplements after years of bombarding their dogs with medicines that break down their immunity and cause liver and kidney disease. I don't have the heart to tell them they did it to their dogs.