Rulid target a wide range of bacterial infections and are commonly used to treat respiratory tract conditions such as acute bronchitis, tonsillitis and pneumonia. Rulid also combats bacterial infections in the body’s genitals, gastrointestinal tract and soft tissues.
Rulid acts as a bacteria fighting antibiotic. In common with other antibiotics, Rulid targets bacterial infections rather than viruses, so is not recommended for viral infections.
Rulid belongs to a group of antibiotics known as macrolides. It shares characteristics with other macrolide drugs including erythromycin, azithromycin and clarithromycin. Macrolide antibiotics such as Rulid fight bacterial infections by blocking the proteins at the heart of bacteria growth. They also act to kill bacteria directly (becoming what is termed as ‘bactericidal’) if the bacteria presence is high enough.
One of the reasons why macrolides are so effective in the treatment of bacterial infections is due to their propensity to form in the body’s white blood cells (leukocytes). White blood cells are an integral part of our immune system, ensuring that the macrolides are in a prime position to fight any bacterial infections.
Bacteria are omnipresent in the world. They are microscopic cells present in air, water, food, plants, people and animals that are vital to life, but can also cause infection and disease. Bacteria cells are classified as prokaryotic – a primitive, single cell structure without a nucleus or membrane. This sets them apart from human eukaryotic cells, which are more complex, multi-cellular structures.
The effectiveness of Rulid is directly linked to the differing characteristics of human eukaryotic cells and bacteria cells.
Eukaryotic and bacteria cells both contain a key protein-creating component known as ribosome. As a macrolide drug, Rulid act to kill bacteria by inhibiting the production of these ribosomes. But human eukaryotic cells are not affected by macrolide antibiotics, leaving their ribosomes intact.
Rulid is used to target a variety of bacterial infections – including those affecting the respiratory tract, genitals, gastrointestinal tract and the body’s soft tissues. Specific conditions where Rulid treatment can help ranges from sore throats and difficulties with swallowing, through acute bronchitis, tonsillitis, sinusitis and pneumonia, to certain sexually transmitted diseases, gum infections like gingivitis, and skin infections such as impetigo – skin sores caused by bacteria.
As is the nature of antibiotics, they are only effective against particular strains of bacteria. This is true for macrolide antibiotics such as Rulid , which target the following bacteria strains:
A typical Rulid dosage is one 150mg tablet taken twice a day. Rulid is well tolerated with few side effects. Although rare, side effects may stem from the gastrointestinal area – such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Less common side effects include headaches, rashes and changes in the senses of smell and taste.
Rulid is a safe and effective antibiotic that targets a slightly wider range of bacteria than penicillin. Rulid is an important ally in the fight against the bacteria that have proven difficult to treat in past.
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