The active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub work naturally through the inhalation of medicated Vicks vapors to relieve coughing due to common cold. Vicks VapoRub also relieves minor muscles aches and pains. VapoRub is applied externally, so it doesn't interact with other medications the way pills can. Rubbing VapoRub on your chest or throat is not likely to cause drowsiness or jittery side effects the way some oral medications can.
On chest and throat, temporarily relieves cough due to common cold; On muscles and joints, temporarily relieves minor aches and pains.
Directions for Use: See important warnings under When Using This Product. Adults and Children 2 Years and Over: Rub a thick layer on chest & 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 a doctor. Children Under 2 Years of Age: Ask a doctor.
Other Directions: For external use only; avoid contact with eyes. Do not use by mouth; with tight bandages; in nostrils; on wounds or damaged skin. Ask a doctor before use if you have cough that occurs with too much phlegm (mucus); persistent or chronic cough such as occurs with smoking, asthma or emphysema. 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. In case of accidental ingestion, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
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