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Topical camphor and menthol 

Generic name: Camphor and menthol topical [ KAM-for-and-MEN-thol-TOP-ik-al ]
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Drug class: Topical rubefacient

What are Topical camphor and menthol?

Camphor along with the menthol topical (for the skin) is a product combination that can be used to ease itching minor muscle or joint discomfort.. The product can be used in conjunction with an ointment for the chest to reduce symptoms of the commonly-assisted cold.

Topical menthol and camphor can also be used to treat conditions that are not covered in this guide.

Side effects of Topical camphor and menthol  

Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms warning signs of an allergic response such as difficulty breathing; hives or swelling of your lips, face tongue, throat, or face.

Topical camphor and menthol may cause serious adverse side consequences. Do not use camphor or menthol topical and contact your doctor immediately if you suffer from:

  • Intense burning, stinging or irritation at the site where the medicine was applied;

  • Breathing problems following the application of this medication on the chest.

The less serious side effects could be more likely and there may be no side effects whatsoever. This isn't a complete list of all side effects. other side effects could occur. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow the directions on the label and in the package. Follow the instructions exactly. Before taking this medication, you must consult your physician. Consult a physician or pharmacist if it's appropriate to use camphor and menthol cream if you suffer from sensitive skin. Do not take this medication on a child or baby without consulting your physician.

Before you take this drug

If you are breastfeeding, avoid applying this medication to the nipple areas of your body.

How to take Topical camphor and menthol?

Be sure to read and adhere to any instructions that are included in your medication. Consult your physician or pharmacist If you don't understand the instructions.

In the beginning make sure to apply the cream only to a small area to determine the reaction of your skin to the drug. Do not consume by mouth. Topical medicine should be applied exclusively on your skin. Don't apply it to wounds that are open or on the skin of those who have been sunburned or windburned or irritated skin. Cleanse your hands prior to and after applying the medicine.

The combination of menthol and camphor can trigger the sensation of burning, or a cool sensation. It generally is mild and will diminish with the time of usage. If the sensation causes severe discomfort, wash your skin with soap and water. Do not wrap the treated skin with a tightly-sealed blanket or heating pad.

Don't apply the medication within 1 hour prior to or after 30 minutes following the time you have taken a bath or shower. Consult your physician if symptoms don't improve after seven days, and if you suffer from a fever and a headache or the appearance of a skin eruption. Contact your doctor if you are experiencing pain, or if your pain disappears and returns within some days.

Keep the storage at room temperature, free of heat and moisture. Be sure to protect against direct sun. Keep the canister away from open flames or extreme temperatures. Don't burn or puncture the empty container.

Details on dosage

Usual Adult Dose for Dermatitis:

Camphor-menthol topical ointment for topical use:

Apply it topically 3-4 times per day for no greater than 7 consecutive days.

Camphor-menthol 0.5%-0.5 Topical lotion containing 5:

Daily, at least 2 or 3 times per day.

Topical camphor-menthol 4.8%-2.6 Ointment containing 2:

Apply topically 3 times per day.

Topical camphor-menthol 9%-1.3 Ointment containing 9% camphor-menthol:

Apply the cream topically no more than 3-4 times per day for not over 7 consecutive days.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Dermatitis:

Topical ointment containing camphor and menthol:

Aged 2 or over Age 2 or over: Apply to the face 3-4 times a day for no longer than seven days.

Camphor-menthol 0.5%-0.5 Topical lotion containing 5:

Two years old or older 2. Apply to the face every 2 to 3 days.

Topical Camphor-menthol 4.8%-2.6% ointment

2 years old or older apply topically 3 times a day.

Topical camphor-menthol 9%-1.3 Ointment containing 9% camphor-menthol:

Aged 2 or over 2 years or older: Apply the cream to the skin no more than 3-4 times a day for no greater than 7 consecutive days.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Camphor and menthol are used only when it is needed, and don't have any daily dose schedule. It is not recommended to make use of the product more frequently than the time indicated by the manufacturer on its label.

What happens if I overdose?

A high dose of camphor or topical menthol is not likely to be a danger. You should seek medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222 If you have accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be avoided?

Do not put this medication in your nose, eyes or your mouth. If contact does occur, wash your eyes with water.

Interaction with other drugs


Skin care products are unlikely to be affected by other medications you take. However, many medications can interact with each other. Discuss with your doctor the medicines you are currently taking, including prescription and over-the counter drugs, vitamins, and herbs.