What is Vicks Vaporub?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs


Vicks Vaporub is a topical mentholated product that contains camphor (cough suppressant and pain reliever), eucalyptol (couh suppressant), and menthol (cough suppressant and pain reliever). It is usually rubbed on a a person's chest to temporarily assist breathing difficulties.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Cough 2 3
Boil 1 1
Chest congestion 1 1
Difficulty breathing at night 1 0
Hemorrhoid discomfort 1 1

Show all 7 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vicks Vaporub

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation 1


Based on patients currently taking Vicks Vaporub

Dosage Patients
4.7-1.2-2.6% twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Vicks Vaporub

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 2
Other 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking Vicks Vaporub


Currently taking Vicks Vaporub

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1

Stopped taking Vicks Vaporub

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 1
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There are no evaluations for Vicks Vaporub.