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Vicks VapoSteam

Generic Name: Camphor Inhalation Liquid (KAM for)
Brand Name: Hot Steam, Vaporizing Steam, Vicks VapoSteam

Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018

Uses of Vicks VapoSteam:

  • It is used to relieve coughing.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Vicks VapoSteam?

  • If you have an allergy to Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid) or any part of Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid).
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Vicks VapoSteam?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid) is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • If signs get worse or last for more than 7 days, talk with the doctor.
  • This medicine may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid) while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Vicks VapoSteam) best taken?

Use Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • For breathing in only as a vapor after being put in a hot steam vaporizer. Do not take Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid) by mouth.
  • Use 1 tablespoon (15 mL) for each quart (960 mL) of water or use 1.5 teaspoons (7.5 mL) for each pint (480 mL) of water.
  • Add liquid to cold water in the vaporizer.
  • Do not heat or microwave.
  • Do not get direct steam from the vaporizer too close to the face.
  • Keep out of your eyes.
  • If Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid) gets in the eyes, rinse with a lot of water. If eye irritation lasts for a while, talk with the doctor.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you use Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid) on a regular basis, use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid) is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

What are some other side effects of Vicks VapoSteam?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Vicks VapoSteam?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
  • Protect from heat or open flame.
  • Protect from light.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Vicks VapoSteam (camphor inhalation liquid), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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