Camphor ointment

Generic Name: camphor (KAM-for)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Camphor ointment is used for:

Treating pain and itching associated with minor skin irritations.

Camphor ointment is a topical analgesic. It works by temporarily relieving itching and pain.

Do NOT use camphor ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in camphor ointment

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using camphor ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with camphor ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with camphor ointment. Because little, if any, of camphor ointment is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if camphor ointment may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use camphor ointment:

Use camphor ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply a thin layer of medicine to the affected area and gently rub in.
  • Wash your hands well after using camphor ointment, unless your hands are a part of the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of camphor ointment, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use camphor ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Do not get camphor ointment in your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse at once with cool tap water.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days, if they get worse, or if they clear up and occur again within a few days, check with your doctor.
  • Camphor ointment may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Camphor ointment should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using camphor ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if camphor ointment is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use camphor ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of camphor ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with camphor ointment. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe irritation at the application site.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If OVERDOSE is suspected: Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of camphor ointment:

Store camphor ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep camphor ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about camphor ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Camphor ointment is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take camphor ointment or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about camphor ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to camphor ointment. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using camphor ointment.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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