Tylosin is an antibiotic from the macrolide-class broad spectrum, which is naturally found as a fermentation product. This antibiotic is widely used in veterinary medicine in order to treat canines, felines and livestock, and it is a bacteriostat feed additive. It is a broad array of activity against Gram-positive organisms and a limited range of Gram-negative organisms. Even though tylosin is meant typically for bacterial infections in farm animals, veterinarians more often use it to treat specific types of chronic cases of diarrhea in cats and dogs. Tylosin is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and is hence used to cure inflammatory conditions in the bowel. Besides, in a few rare cases, this drug is used as a growth promotant and as a treatment for colitis in companion animals. Tylosin is not approved by the FDA, however it is common practice for veterinarians to recommend this medication and it is also administered as an injectable. A recent study on tylosin sales market has suggested that this drug has the potential to be a growth promoter for aquatic animals which are meant for human consumption.

How Tylosin Cures Inflammatory Conditions

This antibiotic’s substantial anti-inflammatory properties derive from the fact that it is being made from natural bacterial source. The drug functions by intervening with the protein-fabricating potentials of other bacteria, at the same time not affecting the patient’s own capability to produce protein. Since tylosin is a bacteriostatic antibiotic, it does not completely obliterate the bacteria in the patient’s bowel; instead it purely precludes it from growing and reproducing. Therefore, by restricting the growth of the bacteria, this drug assists the patient to manage the infection by using self immune system.

Potential Side Effects of Tylosin

Generally, tylosin is quite tolerable, particularly in canines, therefore it has not found to have any grave possibilities for side effects. A few of the most commonly found side effects are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Pain and slight swelling at the injection site
  • Anorexia

Also, while getting a blood checkup, tylosin can result in falsely escalated levels of ALT and AST in the liver.