Rulid Antibiotics fight a host of bacterial infections
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.
What is Rulid?
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.
What are bacteria?
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.
What conditions does Rulid treat?
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:
Chlamydia trachomatis: affecting the eyes and urogenital areas of both men and women;
Listeria monocytogenes: a virulent strain of bacteria carried in food;
Helicobacter: bacteria leading to inflammation of the stomach lining and associated with ulcers and the development of stomach cancer;
Ureaplasma urealyticum: bacteria that are a normal part of the genital flora of both sexes, but also associated with conditions such as infertility, still and premature birth, and non-specific urethritis (NSU);
Gardnerella vaginalis: bacteria that causes infection of the female genital tract;
Haemophilus Ducreyi: a bacteria strain responsible for chancroid – a sexually transmitted disease characterised by genital sores;
Streptococcus agalactiae: bacteria that can cause serious and even fatal infections in newborn babies;
Streptococcus pneumoniae: a cause of bacterial meningitis and infections such as enocarditis, cellulitis, peritonitis, and acute sinusitis;
Neisseria meningitides: bacteria that can cause meningococcal meningitis and meningococcal septicaemia;
Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria leading to the condition of the same name;
Bordetella pertussis: bacteria that can cause whooping cough;
Moraxella Catarrhalis: bacteria responsible for infections associated with the respiratory tract;
Legionella pneumophila: bacteria that can lead to Legionnaire’s disease.
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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