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Vicks VapoRub Topical Ointment Childrens



We’d Like to Apologize for Just How Effective VapoRub Can Be
Vicks® VapoRub® topical ointment is the #1-selling branded children’s cough/cold product.* The ointment is applied gently to the skin with your loving touch, and is safe to use on children ages two and up, when used as directed. It contains medicated vapors that start to work on contact to quickly relieve your child’s cough. In addition, it is not likely to cause drowsiness or jittery side effects, when used as directed.

VapoRub is available in two scents: regular and lemon.

Diabetic Information
Because Vicks VapoRub is a topical cough medicine, it may be appropriate for diabetics looking for an alternative to oral cough medicines that might contain sugar. For more information, ask your doctor.

For specific information about diabetes, please visit the American Diabetes Association®.

*P&G calculation based in part on value sales data reported by The Nielsen Company through its Retail Scantrack Services in the US market to which P&G subscribes for the Respiratory Care Category for the period August, 2012 through September, 2013.

  • On chest and throat, temporarily relieves cough due to common cold
  • On muscles and joints, temporarily relieves minor aches and pains
Ratings Summary
Standard Sizes
1.76 OZ (50 g)
3.53 OZ (100 g) (regular only)
6 OZ (170.09 g) (regular only)
See important warnings under "When using this product."
Adults and children 2 years and over:
    For cough suppression:
    • Rub a thick layer on chest and throat or rub on sore, aching muscles.
    • Cover with a warm, dry cloth if desired.
    • Keep clothing loose about throat/chest to help vapors reach the nose/mouth.
    • Repeat up to three times per 24 hours or as directed by doctor.
    For muscle / joint minor aches and pains
    • Apply to affected area not more than 3 to 4 times daily
Children under 2 years: Do not use
Active Ingredients (Purpose)
  • 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 4.7% (synthetic) (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)
  • Eucalyptus oil 1.2% (Cough suppressant)
  • Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)

Inactive Ingredients

Regular: Cedarleaf oil, nutmeg oil, special petrolatum, thymol, turpentine oil

Lemon: Cedarleaf oil, lemon fragrance, nutmeg oil, special petrolatum, thymol, turpentine oil

Other Information
  • Store at room temperature
For external use only; avoid contact with eyes.
Do not use:
  • By mouth
  • In nostrils
  • On wounds or damaged skin
  • With tight bandages
Ask a doctor before use if you have:
  • Muscle aches and pains worsen or persist for more than 7 days or clear up and occur again within a few days
  • Cough persists for more than 1 week, tends to recur, or is accompanied by fever, rash, or persistent headache. A persistent cough may be a sign of a serious condition
When using this product, do not:
  • Heat
  • Microwave
  • Add to hot water or any container where heating water. May cause splattering and result in burns.
Stop use and ask a doctor if:
  • Muscle aches and pains persist more than 7 days or come back
  • Cough lasts more than 7 days, comes back, or occurs with fever, rash, or persistent headache

These could be signs of a serious condition.

If pregnant or breast-feeding, ask a health professional before use.
Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
Questions? Call 1-800-873-8276.
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