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Vicks VapoRub Decongestant Chest Rub, 100g

4.7 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

Price: $12.25 ($12.25 / 100 g)
Brand Vicks
Ingredients Active ingredients: Menthol 2.82% w/w, Camphor 5.26% w/w, Eucalyptus Oil 1.33% w/w. Contains: Turpentine Oil, Cedar Leaf Oil, Nutmeg Oil and Thymol in a petrolatum base See more
Item weight 0.13 Kilograms
Item dimensions L x W x H 1 x 2 x 1 millimetres
Dosage form Ointment

About this item

  • Relieves 4 cough and cold symptoms; cough, blocked nose, muscular aches and pains
  • Helps Relief Distress of Colds; Up to 8 hours Relief from Nasal Congestion due to colds
  • Blocked nose relief in 5 minutes
  • Relieves symptoms of Common Cold such as Cough and Blocked nose
  • Relieves Body Ache and Sore muscles
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions : 0.1 x 0.24 x 0.08 cm; 133 Grams
  • Date First Available : 30 October 2017
  • Manufacturer : Procter & Gamble ANZ
  • ASIN : B076Q6RFXL
  • Item Model Number : 82213067
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 9 ratings

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Vicks VapoRub Chest Rub and Vapourising Ointment relieves 4 cough and cold symptoms; cough, blocked nose, muscular aches and pains. Active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub work in two ways:  1) By Inhalation Medicinal vapours help relieve nasal congestion. 2) By Stimulation Rub in. VapoRub Acts directly on the skin, warming away muscular aches and pains.

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1. Published Clinical Data

Blanchard CL et al1 has conducted an independent study and reported the up to 8 hours relief effect of an ointment that contained a mixture of menthol, camphor and eucalyptol. This has been reported in the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat journal (Blanchard CL, Borsanyi SJ, Grubb TC. 1964. Evaluation of Nasal Decongestion Drugs. Eye Ear Nose Throat Monthly. 143: 76-82.).

Study method: The authors carried out a double-blind crossover investigation over a three-year period on patients with colds or hay fever at the University of Maryland, Department of Otolaryngology, and at a private clinical laboratory. Subjects at the University of Maryland were selected clinic patients, while at the private laboratory subjects were obtained from the local population.

Seven and half gram of ointment containing a mixture of aromatic substances menthol, camphor and eucalyptol was rubbed on the chests of 50 subjects with colds and nasometer readings taken at 5, 15 & 30 minutes, 1, 2, 4, 8 & 10 hours (Note: a nasometer is an instrument used to measure and give feedback on the presence of nasality in speech production that may be induced by nasal congestion). As control, a similar quantity of petrolatum was rubbed on the chests of 15 of the same subjects with colds on the alternate day and nasometer readings were recorded at the same intervals. All tests comparing the effect of the medication were conducted by a cross-over design on the same subjects. All results were calculated as percent of change compared with the initial (pretreatment) reading.

Study result:

  • • Definite nasal decongestion effect was obtained in those who received the inunction of aromatic substances, and it persisted to a significant degree up to 8 hours after application.
  • • In subjects receiving petrolatum, average percent change in nasometer readings did not show decongestion (+7.62% and -15.63%, petrolatum and ointment treatment, respectively; p< 0.05, statistically significant).
  • • It should be noted that the tested ointment contained the same substances menthol, camphor and eucalyptol found in VapoRub.

2. Other Clinical Studies In addition, there were two clinical studies2 to evaluate objective (Nasal Airway Resistance/ Rhinometry) and subjective (6 point scale) measures of nasal congestion using standard methodology. In agreement with the published data, VapoRub was found to provide up to 8 hours long lasting relief from nasal congestion due to cold. Study method: Briefly, a total of ninety adult ‘coryzal rhinitis’ (common cold) patients with objective (by rhinoscopic and rhinomanometric assessment) nasal congestion were recruited. The patients were treated with VapoRub or Petrolatum or “No treatment” on each of the 2 days. Two teaspoons of treatment were applied to the chest, throat & back for 15 seconds. The patients were assessed 15, 30 minutes, 1, 2, 4 and 8 hours post application of VapoRub. Comparisons were made between VapoRub and placebo groups, and VapoRub and No Treatment groups. Study result:

  • • The correlation between the objectively measured and subjectively measured reductions in nasal congestion were statistically significant (p<0.05).
  • • Within the treatment group, VapoRub significantly reduced nasal congestion up to 8 hours. Placebo and No Treatment did not have significant changes in Nasal Airway Resistance.
  • • When compared between treatment groups, VapoRub significantly reduced Nasal Airway Resistance up to 8 hours when compared to Placebo and No Treatment groups.
  • • The study also showed that VapoRub was significantly superior to placebo at all times assessed indicating a clinically relevant sensation of relief for up to 8 hours.

Important information


Active ingredients: Menthol 2.82% w/w, Camphor 5.26% w/w, Eucalyptus Oil 1.33% w/w. Contains: Turpentine Oil, Cedar Leaf Oil, Nutmeg Oil and Thymol in a petrolatum base


Vicks VapoRub provides effective multi-symptom relief from aggravating cold symptoms when used in either of these two ways: 1. As medicated vapour to relieve nasal congestion. (For 6 years and above). Add 2 teaspoonfuls of Vicks VapoRub in a bowl of hot (not boiling) water and inhale the vapours to clear blocked nose and ease breathing difficulties. 2. As rub on massage for temporary relief from dry coughs and muscular aches due to colds. Vicks VapoRub contains cough suppressants. So if you want your loved one’s dreams to remain undisturbed, gently apply Vicks VapoRub on chest and throat before bedtime.

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