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Camphor patch

Generic Name: camphor (KAM-for/METH-il sa-LIS-i-late/MEN-thol)
Brand Name: DuraProxin ES

Camphor patch is used for:

Temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches and pains caused by arthritis, simple backache, strains, sprains, and bruises. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Camphor patch is a topical analgesic. It works by temporarily relieving minor pain.

Do NOT use camphor patch if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in camphor patch, including oil of wintergreen

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

Before using camphor patch:

Some medical conditions may interact with camphor patch. 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
  • if you have had an allergic reaction to aspirin or other salicylates
  • if you have a wound at the affected area or your skin is broken, reddened, or damaged in any way

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with camphor patch. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of their side effects may be increased by camphor patch

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if camphor patch 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 patch:

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

  • Camphor patch is only to be used on intact, clean, dry skin. Do not apply camphor patch to wounds or damaged skin.
  • Open pouch and remove patch. If needed, cut patch to size. Peel off protective backing and apply the sticky side to the affected area.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using camphor patch.
  • Do not bandage tightly after applying camphor patch.
  • Do not use camphor patch more often than 3 to 4 times per day.
  • If you miss a dose of camphor patch and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. Do not use 2 doses at once.

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

Important safety information:

  • Camphor patch is for external use only. Avoid contact with your eyes, ears, lips, mouth, or genital area. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do not use a heating pad after you apply camphor patch.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use more often than directed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days, if they get worse, or if they get better and then return, check with your doctor.
  • Camphor patch has a salicylate in it. Salicylates have been linked to a serious illness called Reye syndrome. Do not give camphor patch to a child or teenager who has the flu, chickenpox, or a viral infection. Contact your doctor with any questions or concerns
  • Camphor patch 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 patch should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 12 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; 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 patch while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use camphor patch, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of camphor patch:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with camphor patch. 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); skin redness or irritation.

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:

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 patch:

Store camphor patch at room temperature, between 59 and 68 degrees F (15 and 20 degrees C). Store away from heat and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep camphor patch out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about camphor patch, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Camphor patch 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 patch 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 patch. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to camphor patch. 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 patch.

Issue Date: June 3, 2015

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