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Vicks vaporub

Generic name: camphor, eucalyptus, and menthol topical [KAM-for, ue-ka-LIP-tus, and MEN-thol-TOP-i-cal]

Brand names: Avedana Medicated Chest Rub, Mentholatum Greaseless Vaporising, Vicks vaporub
Drug class: topical rubefacient

What is Vicks vaporub?

Vicks vaporub is a combination product applied to the skin.Inhaling the vapours from this product after applying it to the chest may temporarily relieve coughs due to irritation of the throat and lungs.

This product can be used to temporarily relieve minor muscle or joint pain by applying it to other parts of the body.Vicks vaporub can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.

Side Effects of Vicks vaporub

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.You may experience less serious side effects or none at all.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Use exactly as directed on the package and label. Follow the directions on the label and package.

Before you take this drug

If you suffer from:

  • A cough that produces mucus
  • A cough that is caused by tobacco, asthma, or lung disease.

This medicine should not be used on children younger than 2 years old.Consult your doctor before taking this medication if you're pregnant or nursing.Use this product only on your chest. Do not breastfeed a child while wearing it.

How to take Vicks vaporub?

Follow the directions provided on the label or by your doctor.Take it only by mouth. Topical medicines are only to be applied topically. Apply only to the skin. Do not use it on open or broken wounds.The product may cause a mild burning or cooling sensation where it is used. If the sensation is painful or causes extreme discomfort, wash the treated skin with cool water and soap.Avoid heating the product prior to use, as it could cause burns.

Apply a thick layer to your chest and throat, up to three times per day. Use only on the skin. Do not apply it to your mouth or nose. Keep the areas treated uncovered, or only cover them with loose clothing. This will make it easier for you to breathe the vapours.Apply this product 3–4 times daily to relieve joint or muscle pain.

Cover the treated areas of skin with a dry, warm cloth. Heat may exacerbate the feeling of burning or cooling. Avoid applying a tight bandage to the treated area.If your symptoms don't improve within 7 days or you experience a fever, rash, or headache, call your doctor.Store away from heat and moisture at room temperature.

What happens if I miss the dose?

There is no schedule for the dosage of camphor and menthol since they are used as needed. Use the product only as directed by the label.

What happens if I overdose?

Overdoses of this product are not considered dangerous. If anyone accidentally swallows the product, seek emergency medical care or call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.

Avoid this

Avoid getting this product into your eyes. In the event of contact, wash with water.

Interaction with other drug

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. Inform your doctor of all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter and prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal remedies.