A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
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Apoquel (oclacitinib maleate) is used by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian to treat itchiness due to allergic dermatitis and to manage atopic dermatitis in dogs that are 12 months old or older.
Follow your veterinarian's instructions for administering Apoquel to your dog. Apoquel is dosed based on weight, so be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate dose for your dog. If you have any questions or concerns, reach out to your veterinarian or pharmacist.
Apoquel comes in tablets and the dosing is between 0.18 mg and 0.27 mg per pound of your dog's body weight. Give by mouth two times a day with or without food for up to 2 weeks, then give by mouth once daily for maintenance.
Olacitinib is the active ingredient contained in Apoquel.
Apoquel side effects may include diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, new cutaneous or subcutaneous lump, weakness, and excessive thirst. If you notice side effects in your dog that concern you or won't go away, call your veterinarian right away.
With a valid prescription from your veterinarian, you can buy Apoquel for your dog at a competitive cost at Canada Pharmacy.
Apoquel (oclacitinib tablet). Kalamazoo, MI: Zoetis Inc.; 2020.