Apoquel (Rx)

Apoquel (Rx)

Prescription anti-itch medication

Apoquel is an oral prescription medication used to treat allergic skin diseases and itching in dogs. It goes right to the source and targets the inflammation that triggers the sensation to itch. Apoquel starts to relieve itchiness within 4 hours and works for up to 24 hours.

3.6 mg$2.53 per tablet
5.4 mg$2.53 per tablet
16 mg$2.53 per tablet
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Medication information

Why our vets love it:

A highly effective and fast-acting anti-itch medication without the side effects of older treatments such as steroids.

Medication type:

Oral tablet

How to use:

Orally with or without food following the dosage instructions from your veterinarian

Who it’s for:

Dogs 12 months of age or older

Active ingredient:

  • Oclacitinib

Common symptoms:

  • Frequent scratching, licking, biting, or chewing
  • Excessive rolling, rubbing, or scooting
  • Head shaking, ear discharge, or scratching at ears
  • Hair loss
  • Rash, redness, greasy skin, or scabs

What it treats:

  • Itching (pruritus)
  • Flea allergies
  • Food allergies
  • Environmental allergies
  • Contact allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis

Possible side effects:

The active ingredient is considered safe, but may initially trigger some stomach side effects including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Long-term use should be carefully monitored as it may cause immunosuppressive diseases (infection, neoplasia). If your dog has any unwanted side effects or changes in behavior or health, stop giving the medication and reach out to one of our veterinarians. Be sure to tell your vet about any medications, vitamins, or supplements that your pet is taking.