Vicks® VapoRub™ Topical Cough Suppressant

BY VICKS #1 in Cough, Cold, & Flu

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Vicks® VapoRub™ Topical Cough Suppressant—the #1-selling branded children’s cough cold product* appropriate for ages two and up—is a topical cough medicine with medicated vapors. It starts working quickly for adults as well to relieve cough symptoms.


• On chest and throat, temporarily relieves cough due to minor throat and bronchial irritation associated with the common cold 
• On muscles and joints, temporarily relieves minor aches and pains of muscles and joints


Active Ingredients (Purpose)

Camphor (synthetic) 4.8% (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, petrolatum, thymol, turpentine oil


See important warnings under "When using this product."

Adults and children 2 years and over:

• For cough suppression
• Rub a thick layer on throat and chest
• Cover with a warm, dry cloth if desired
• Keep clothing loose about throat and chest to help vapors reach the nose and mouth
• Use up to three times daily 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

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Vicks® VapoRub™ Topical Cough Suppressant
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  • "A spoonful in boiling water in a bowl works wonders on a stuffy nose." in 11 reviews
  • "Whenever I smell it, I am reminded of being a little kid having a stuffy nose, having my Snoopy thermos by the bed with chicken noodle soup in it and having my mom or dad rub this stuff all over me." in 9 reviews
  • "From my own childhood, to now being a mother of 2 boys, this is a staple in our medicine cabinet." in 6 reviews
  • "here is a trick for you readers, when sick with a cold put this under both your feet and put socks on afterward it will help you sleep all night." in 5 reviews
  • "It did a decent job at clearing up my nasal passages, however, it ended up irritating the area I rubbed it on and also made my sinuses burn! " in 5 reviews
Jasmine P.
Panorama City, CA
1 review
Okay this stuff is so amazing!
Every time I'm sick this is what I right away run to.
It helps me breath and it smells pretty good.
I love this product!
Lesly G.
3 reviews
Every time i get sick i always use vicks. Ive always used vicks since i was small and it always helped me clear my nose and relieve cold and flu symptoms
Meghan L.
Cedar Park, TX
142 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 1
This stuff is literally a life saver. When your congestion gets so bad that you feel like you can't breathe and can't sleep this is what you need. It's fresh minty smell opens up your sinuses for almost immediate relief. This stuff stays on my bed side table 24/7.
It is really helpful during times of period pain and headaches. I buy it at a nearby drugstore for a quite a price. Compared to other oilments and balms this leaves no grease at all and give you a minty finish. it is quite pricey compared to other but it definitely worth it and I'll definitely recommend it
Xiomara O.
42 reviews
This could be used for various things and is amazing in relieving a stuffy nose or soreness. the smell of this always brings so many memories haha
Rebecca R.
19 reviews
I use vicks vapor rub when conjested, if there is a foul odor (under my nose), and on my lips. The cooling effect is so relaxing and feels amazing. I cannot buy another brand but vicks vapor rub because of their great quality and its what i was raised using.
Taylor M.
25 reviews
It helps calm me down whenever i have anxiety or i am sick and cant breathe out of my nose. One of the original products out there that never stops its full function.
Emily P.
8 reviews
Although this product is always convenient for the unsatisfactory cold, you'd find it strange that this is also very helpful for pimples. As a teenager, school and the pursuit to do well does cause some stress along with the inconsistency of our hormones which leads to the occasional blemish. At night before I go to bed I apply some Vicks onto a cystic pimple I might have. When I wake up, depending on the size it is either gone or visibly decreases the size and redness by a lot. It may not work for every skin type but there's no harm in trial and error. Vicks is awesome but even better with its dual purpose.
Vicky O.
6 reviews
One of the very best remedies there is. I use it everytime I have a cold rub it all over my chest and back then I wake up in the morning feeling relieved and like a new person no joke, it is amazing and for the price I can't go wrong, Vick's is awesome and I wouldn't use any other product.
Karla G.
Orlando, FL
117 reviews
Perfect product, really like the feel of relieve it gives me. Usually use it at night when I feel constipated. Super effective and affordable
Arlene V.
Miami, FL
63 reviews
Has anyone used it on the palms of your feet at night for a cough? Is that just an old wives tale?
Yarikza A.
163 reviews
Wellness Guru Expert Level 2
Has anyone used this to treat their acne?
Holly P.
Fredericksburg, VA
46 reviews
Put some in a wax heat lamp and it filters the air.
Courtney D.
Otway, OH
121 reviews
Can this really cause pneumonia?
Mel R.
42 reviews
I've heard of a few people that actually eat Vaporub when they feel that they are getting a sore throat. Could this make you sick?

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