If you want to crush or break a film-coated tablet i.e. Apoquel® and wondering whether it is allowed (permissible) or not, you’re in the right place.

In the following  article I will answer your queries related to the topic, i.e.

The advantages or disadvantages of crushing Apoquel tablets for dogs.


Apoquel Description:

Apoquel (oclacitinib) tablets are used for the treatment of pruritus in dogs and can be crushed.
The packing of 3.6mg, 5.4mg, and 16mg film-coated tablets effectively treat dogs allergic conditions such as atopic dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, and other skin disorders including rashes, redness, inflammation (swelling) on the skin, etc that are caused by food allergies, contact allergies, flea allergies, etc.The recommended dose of Apoquel medication is 0.18 to 0.27mg per pound and 0.4 to 0.6mg per kg.

A thin layer of an inactive agent is applied on these tablets that protect this medication from the environment. For example, a film coat on the Apoquel tablet may protect it from light, and moisture.

Side Effects of Crushing Apoquel

Although, crushing these tablets doesn’t affect the efficacy of the medication. However, it may result in a bitter (unpleasant) taste & can increase the rate of degradation.

Film coating protects the medicine from light, moisture, and other environmental factors. Crushing the (film-coated) tablets (medicine) breaks that thin layer which causes bitter, unpleasant, and unacceptable taste.

You may like to read: Is Apoquel (oclacitinib) tablet time-released (XR)? & Half-life

Efficacy if Apoquel is Crushed

Crushing or breaking a film-coated tablet doesn’t affect the efficacy of the medication. That’s means crushing doesn’t affect the way a film-coated tablet releases within the body.

Apoquel film-coated tablets are taken through the mouth, they are broken down by the saliva and stomach acid. Hence, releases in the body.

Applying a thin layer of inactive material keeps this medicine stable in an unpleasant environment.

Apoquel tablets should be stored below 25-degrees Celsius temperature. Protect from light, heat, direct exposure to sunlight, and moisture.

Doctor Xeeshan

Doctor Xeeshan

I am Doctor Xeeshan, located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan. In this blog, I am providing authentic information about dog breeds, diseases, medications, etc.


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