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Eucalyptus, Topical Camphor, and Menthol 

Generic name: camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol topical [KAM-for, ue-ka-lip-tus, and-MEN-thol-top-i-cal]
The brand names are: Avedana Medicated Chest Rub, Mentholatum Greaseless Vaporising, Vicks VapoRub Vaporx, and Vicks VapoRub Lavender.
Dosage formats: topical cream (5.3%-1.3%-2.8 percent) topical ointment (4.7%-1.2%-2.6%); 4.8%-1.2%-2.6 percent)
Drug class: Topical rubefacient

What is Menthol, Topical Camphor and Eucalyptus?

Camphor, Eucalyptus, and menthol topicals are combined for skin application. If applied to the chest area, inhaling the vapours released by this substance can give some relief for the cough due to irritation to the throat or lungs. When applied to different areas of the body, this product can be employed to provide temporary relief for small muscle and joint pain. Eucalyptus, camphor, and menthol can be used to treat conditions that are not covered in this guide.Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that are warning signs of an allergic response, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling of your lips, face, and throat.

More minor side effects might be more likely, or there may be no side effects whatsoever. This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Other side effects could be present. Contact your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow all instructions on the label as well as the packaging. Make sure you use the product exactly as indicated.

Prior to Use this Drug 

Consult your doctor or pharmacist if eucalyptus, camphor, and menthol cosmetics are suitable for use if you are:

  • A cough that is mucusy; or

  • A cough is due to cigarettes, asthma, or the condition known as emphysema.

Do not administer this medication to children who are younger than 2 years of age.

Talk to your doctor before using this medication if you are breastfeeding or pregnant.

Do not breastfeed a baby while you are using these products on your chest.

How to take camphor, eucalyptus, or topical menthol?

Follow the directions on the label or as recommended by your physician. Do not chew it. Topical medication is intended to be used exclusively on the skin. Don't apply it to damaged skin or open wounds. The product can trigger an occasional burning or cooling sensation anywhere it is applied. If this feeling is uncomfortable or causes extreme discomfort, cleanse the area with soap and cool water.

Do not overheat the product prior to use, as it could result in burns.

To help relieve cough For relief from cough, apply a thick coating of this product to the throat and chest up to three times a day. Don't use the product in your mouth or nose. To allow the vapours to inhale, avoid leaving the affected areas unprotected or covered only by loose clothes.

To ease joint or muscle discomfort, apply this product to the area of pain 3 to 4 times per day.

You can cover the affected areas of your skin with a warm, dry cloth. The application of heat can intensify the sensation of burning or cooling. Avoid applying a tightly spaced bandage to the skin being treated.

Consult your doctor if symptoms don't improve after seven days or if you suffer from an itch, a temperature, a rash, or headaches.

Keep at room temperature, free of heat and moisture.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

Because camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol are used as required, it doesn't have a dosage schedule. Be sure to not apply the product more frequently than what is stated on the label.

What Happens If I Overdose?

In the event of an overdose, this product isn't expected to pose a risk. Take immediate medical attention or contact the Poison Help Line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the substance.

What Should be Avoided?

Do not put the product in your eyes. If contact does occur, rinse your eyes with clean water.

Interaction with Other Drugs

The skin-care products you take are unlikely to have an effect on other medicines you take; however, there are many drugs that interact. Inform your doctor about all the medications you are currently taking, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies.