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Frequently Asked Questions

These are the most frequently asked questions, but if your question is not answered here, the link below will take you to our corporate site where you can find many more frequently asked questions about Vicks® and other P&G products.
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Is Vicks VapoRub® safe to use for toenail fungus?

Vicks VapoRub can be used for the treatment of cough associated with the common cold. It also can temporarily relieve minor aches and pains associated with aching muscles. We haven't tested, nor has the FDA approved, Vicks VapoRub as a toenail fungus treatment. Therefore, we do not recommend it for treatment of toenail fungus.

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Humidifier and other product questions

The following products are manufactured by KAZ:
humidifiers
air purifiers
steam inhalers
vaporizers
If you have a question concerning one of these, please contact KAZ, the manufacturer, by emailing ConsumerRelations@kaz.com, or by calling 1-800-477-0457.

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Is it okay to use Vicks products after the expiration date?

We can't recommend using expired product because we can't guarantee its stability. You should appropriately dispose of any expired products.

The following links might provide some helpful information:
http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm
http://www.chpa-info.org/governmentaffairs/Safe_Drug_Disposal.aspx
http://www.smarxtdisposal.net
If you see an expired product on a store shelf, please bring it to the attention of the store personnel immediately. Always check the expiration date prior to purchasing an over-the-counter drug product. If you notice your product has expired while in your medicine cabinet, please dispose of the medicine properly and keep it out of the reach of children.

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Vicks Use While Pregnant/Nursing

It's always best to check with your physician before using any medication while pregnant or nursing. Because your doctor has your medical records and your medication records, and understands your overall health, he or she is in the best position to advise you.

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Can I take DayQuil® Cold and Flu during the day and NyQuil® at night?

Yes, if you schedule your doses correctly and take no more than four total doses in 24 hours. These products are not intended to be used as a regimen. DayQuil Cold and Flu has been specially formulated to provide daytime, non-drowsy relief for your cold and flu symptoms. DayQuil can be taken every four hours as needed. If you wish to use DayQuil for daytime use and NyQuil for nighttime use, be sure to wait the full four hours after taking DayQuil before you take your first dose of NyQuil. Read each label. Use as directed.

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What are the Vicks VapoRub dosage directions?

Directions: adults and children 2 years and older:

Cough: Rub a thick layer on chest and throat up to three times a day. Keep clothing loose to let the vapors rise to the nose and mouth. If desired, cover with a dry, soft cloth, but keep clothing loose to let vapors rise to the nose and mouth.

Muscle aches/pains: Rub on sore area. Repeat up to three times daily or as directed by a doctor.

Children under 2 years of age: Ask a doctor.

DO NOT HEAT. NEVER EXPOSE VAPORUB TO FLAME OR A MICROWAVE, OR PLACE IN ANY CONTAINER IN WHICH YOU ARE HEATING WATER. SUCH IMPROPER USE MAY CAUSE THE MIXTURE TO SPLATTER AND CAUSE BURNS.

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If I don't have a vaporizer, can VapoSteam® be heated in water?

No. VapoSteam should never be heated or reheated, or exposed to an open flame. VapoSteam contains 78% alcohol, and improper heating can result in splattering of the mixture and possible burns. Please add VapoSteam directly to cold water only, in a hot steam vaporizer.

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Is it okay to swallow VapoRub or put it in my nose?

VapoRub is an effective, external cold medicine. It provides temporary relief from coughing due to colds. When used as directed, its medicated vapors will help you rest more comfortably. As mentioned on the label, VapoRub should be applied only to the chest and throat to relieve cough due to cold symptoms, or to muscular areas and joints for aches and pains. Since VapoRub ointment is an oil-based medication, it shouldn't be used under or inside the nose or inside the mouth, or swallowed. Any oil-based product can get into the lungs if used improperly.

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How can I get samples of your products?

Visit P&G Everyday™, where you can find information about samples, coupons, special offers, new products, and more—all in one place! Check it out at http://pgeveryday.com/.

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