What is VapoRub Vicks good for?
Vicks VapoRub Topical is a topical medication that emits medicated vapors. It is used to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains of muscles and joints. It is also used to temporarily relieve cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation associated with the common cold. It starts working quickly for adults to relieve symptoms.
The active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub Topical are as follows:
Regular: Camphor (synthetic) 4.8% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic) Eucalyptus oil 1.2% (Cough suppressant) Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
Lemon: Camphor (synthetic) 4.7% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic) Eucalyptus oil 1.2% (Cough suppressant) Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
How to use Vicks VapoRub
For cough suppression, rub a thick layer of Vicks VapoRub on your chest and throat. Cover with a warm, dry cloth, if desired. Keep clothing loose about your throat and chest to help the vapors to reach the nose and mouth. For muscle and joint aches and pains, apply Vicks VapoRub onto the affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily.
Vicks VapoRub should only be used in adults and children 2 years and over:
For cough suppression
- Rub a thick layer on the throat and chest
- Cover with a warm, dry cloth if desired
- Keep clothing loose about the throat and chest to help vapors reach the nose and mouth
- Use up to three times daily or as directed by a doctor
For muscle / joint minor aches and pains
- Apply to the affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily
Children under 2 years: do not use
Can I use Vicks VapoRub on my feet?
Yes, adults can safely use this vapor rub on their feet to ease muscle aches or pain. Don’t use Vicks VapoRub on children under the age of 2, and use only as directed (on chest and throat only) for all children.
Does Vicks VapoRub expire?
Yes, do not use Vicks VapoRub beyond the expiration date on the package.
How does Vicks VapoRub work?
Vicks VapoRub contains medicated vapors that enter the nose and mouth. The powerful long-lasting vapors start working in minutes to soothe coughs for easier breathing.
What ingredients are in Vicks VapoRub?
The active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub are camphor (a cough suppressant and topical analgesic), eucalyptus oil (a cough suppressant), and menthol (a cough suppressant and topical analgesic). The inactive ingredients in Vicks VapoRub include cedar leaf oil, nutmeg oil, petrolatum, thymol, and turpentine oil.
How often can I use Vicks VapoRub?
For cough suppression, Vicks VapoRub may be used up to 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Simply rub a thick layer on your chest and throat. For muscle/joint minor aches and pains, Vicks VapoRub may be applied to the affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily.
Can Vicks VapoRub be used on babies?
No, Vicks VapoRub should only be used on children ages two years and over. Vicks BabyRub may be used on babies three months and over.
Can I heat Vicks VapoRub?
No, you should not heat or microwave Vicks VapoRub. Do not add Vicks VapoRub to hot water or any container where heating water. Doing so may cause splattering and result in burns.
Vicks Vaporub rub on feet, dangers?
When Vicks Vaporub is rubbed on the soles of feet, it can sometimes cause skin redness and irritation. Blue discoloration of the skin is also one of the most common side effects of using this Vicks Vaporub. Some oils, including eucalyptus essential oil, are photosensitive and phototoxic and can cause a serious reaction on the skin. The discoloration can be blue, and pale and can cause redness as well.
Does Vicks VapoRub have 40 uses?
Studies have shown that Vicks VapoRub helps relieve cough, congestion, and sore muscles. It hasn’t been proven safe or effective for other off-label purposes. Vicks VapoRub may cause side effects like skin irritation and respiratory distress, but these are rare.