What is Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical) used for?
Camphor is a mild pain reliever. Menthol is either manmade or made from the extracts of mint oil. Menthol provides a cooling sensation when applied to the skin.
Vaporub® is commonly used to relieve minor muscle or joint pain. This medicine may also be used as a chest rub to soothe chest congestion and relieve cough caused by the flu or common cold.
Vaporub® may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical)?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine.
For your first use, apply only to a small skin area to test how your skin reacts to the medicine.
Camphor and menthol can cause a burning or cold sensation, which is usually mild and should lessen over time with continued use. If this sensation causes significant discomfort, wash the skin with soap and water.
Do not use on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin. Do not cover treated skin with a bandage or expose it to heat from a hot tub, heating pad, or sauna.
Do not apply this medicine within 1 hour before or 30 minutes after you take a bath or shower.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if you have a fever with a headache, or a skin rash. Also call your doctor if you still have pain, or if the pain goes away and then comes back within a few days.
How do I store Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical)?
Vaporub® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Vaporub® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Vaporub® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Vaporub® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical)?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Vaporub® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have sensitive skin.
Do not use this medicine on a baby or young child without a doctor’s advice.
Do not use this medicine without medical advice if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Vaporub® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Vaporub®.
What side effects can occur from Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical)?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using camphor and menthol and call your doctor at once if you have:
- Severe burning, stinging, or irritation after using this medicine
- Breathing problems after using this medicine on the chest or throat
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical)?
Vaporub® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical)?
Vaporub® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical)?
Vaporub® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical).
What is the dose of Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical) for an adult?
Usual Adult Dose for Dermatitis
Camphor-menthol topical ointment: Apply topically 3 to 4 times daily for not more than 7 days.
Camphor-menthol 0.5%-0.5% topical lotion: Topically 2 to 3 times daily.
Camphor-menthol topical 4.8%-2.6% ointment: Apply topically up to 3 times daily.
Camphor-menthol topical 9%-1.3% ointment: Apply topically not more than 3 to 4 times daily for not more than 7 days.
What is the dose of Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical) for a child?
Usual Pediatric Dose for Dermatitis
Camphor-menthol topical ointment: 2 years or older: Apply topically 3 to 4 times daily for not more than 7 days.
Camphor-menthol 0.5%-0.5% topical lotion: 2 years or older: Apply topically 2 to 3 times daily.
Camphor-menthol topical 4.8%-2.6% ointment: 2 years or older: Apply topically up to 3 times daily.
Camphor-menthol topical 9%-1.3% ointment: 2 years or older: Apply topically not more than 3 to 4 times daily for not more than 7 days.
How is Vaporub® (camphor and menthol topical) available?
Vaporub® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Vaporub®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: November 28, 2017 | Last Modified: November 28, 2017