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Buy Vicks VapoRub Online UK

Vicks VapoRub provides relief from symptoms of a cold, such as coughing and congestion. You can use Vicks VapoRub at bedtime to relieve cold symptoms that can affect disrupt your sleep. Vicks VapoRub has been around since 1905 and is a worldwide brand by Procter and Gamble (P&G).

Vicks VapoRub is available over-the-counter in small 50g pots or larger 100g pots.

You can buy Vicks VapoRub online from Prescription Doctor with ease. We offer a fast and discreet next-day delivery on all orders approved before 3 pm. All items are dispatched from our UK pharmacy.

What can you use Vicks VapoRub for?

Vicks VapoRub can be used for:

  • Congestion
  • Coughs
  • Nasal catarrh
  • Sore throat

While there are claims that Vicks VapoRub can be used for many other ailments, they are not recommended by the manufacturer.

You should always use Vicks VapoRub as directed on the label. If you are unsure how to use Vicks VapoRub, ask a pharmacist.

How Does Vicks VapoRub Work?

Vicks VapoRub contains various herbal extracts and oils that have been used for centuries to treat congestion and coughing.

The ingredients of Vicks VapoRub include levomenthol, eucalyptus oil, turpentine oil and camphor. These ingredients can be inhaled as a vapour to relieve symptoms of a cold such as a stuffy nose and a chesty cough.

How long does Vicks VapoRub take to work?

Vicks VapoRub can relieve nasal congestion in about 1 minute, and reduce a cough within approximately 15 minutes.

How long does Vicks VapoRub last?

According to Vicks' website, Vicks VapoRub lasts for up to 8 hours. This makes it ideal for relieving cold symptoms while you sleep.

How To Use Vicks VapoRub?

There are several ways you can use Vicks VapoRub.

Apply Vicks VapoRub directly

The main way to use Vick's VapoRub is to massage it topically into your chest and upper back before bed. This allows the vapours to reach your nose and throat to provide relief from cold symptoms during the night.

Inhaling Vicks VapoRub

Alternatively, you can add some Vicks VapoRub to a bowl of hot (but not boiling) water. Inhaling the warm vapours can help to relieve the symptoms of a cold.

Hold your head over the bowl and slowly inhale the vapours for 10 to 15 minutes.

Remember to wash your hands after applying Vicks VapoRub. This can prevent you from accidentally getting Vicks VapoRub in your eye.

Vicks VapoRub should not be used by children under the age of 2 years old.

Do not ingest Vicks VapoRub.

Do not apply bandages over areas treated with Vicks VapoRub.

Do not apply Vicks VapoRub directly to your nose or under your nose, as it can cause irritation.

Avoid applying Vicks VapoRub to broken, damaged or sensitive skin.

Always use as instructed on the label and inside the patient information leaflet.

Vicks VapoRub Side Effects And Cautions

Before you use Vicks VapoRub, you must read the patient information leaflet enclosed within the packaging. The patient information leaflet contains instructions on how to store and use Vicks VapoRub, as well as important information regarding the safety of the medicine.

Speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before using Vicks VapoRub if you:

  • are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • have a respiratory condition such as asthma
  • have a skin condition such as eczema

If you are unsure whether Vicks VapoRub is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or ask a pharmacist for advice.

Side effects of Vicks VapoRub

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody gets them. Understanding the risks associated with your medicine is important to your care.

Side effects of Vicks VapoRub may include:

  • Burning sensation at the site of application
  • Irritation of the eyes (by inhalation)
  • Irritation of the nose
  • Irritation of the skin

This is not a complete list of side effects. Further information regarding the safety of Vicks VapoRub can be found within the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

If you experience any side effects to Vicks VapoRub, regardless of whether they are listed in the patient information leaflet, speak to your doctor or ask a pharmacist for advice.


Do not use Vicks VapoRub if you are allergic to levomenthol, camphor, turpentine oil or eucalyptus oil.

If you experience an allergic reaction after using Vicks VapoRub, stop using the ointment and seek immediate medical attention by going straight to your nearest casualty department. Remember to take the packaging and any remaining medicine with you, so that doctors treating you know exactly what you took.

Signs of an allergic reaction may include:

  • Chest tightening
  • Dry, red and cracked skin
  • Itchy, red watery eyes
  • Raised, itchy, red rash (hives)
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, eyes or face
  • Tummy pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea
  • Wheezing

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Vicks VapoRub can be safely used during pregnancy. You should always speak to your doctor before using any medicine if you are pregnant.

If you are breastfeeding, you should avoid applying Vicks VapoRub to your chest. This is because the vapours could affect your child's breathing.

Speak to your doctor before using Vicks VapoRub if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Other safety information

Inform our doctor of all other medicines you are currently taking, including those prescribed by your doctor and bought over the counter, such as herbal and vitamin supplements.

If you are using another topical treatment for a skin condition, speak to your doctor before using Vicks VapoRub. Vicks VapoRub may interact with another topical treatment you are using, or vice versa.

Do not use Vicks VapoRub past the expiry date printed on the packaging.

Never throw away Vicks VapoRub via household or water waste. You should take unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose them safely on your behalf.

Always store Vicks VapoRub out of sight and reach from children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anybody else, even if they are experiencing the same symptoms or have the same condition as you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I use more Vicks VapoRub than I should?

If you apply more Vicks VapoRub than you should, use a clean tissue to wipe away the excess and dispose of it safely.

Will Vicks VapoRub affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Vicks VapoRub should not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. If you experience dizziness, fatigue or visual disturbances after using Vicks VapoRub, do not drive or operate machinery until you feel safe to do so.

Can I drink alcohol while using Vicks VapoRub?

It is safe to drink alcohol while using Vicks VapoRub. However, alcohol may worsen your cold symptoms, so it might be a good idea to avoid drinking until you feel better. You should avoid drinking more than 14 units of alcohol per week, as per the government's guidelines.

Can I use Vicks VapoRub to get rid of toenail fungus?

Vicks VapoRub is not intended to treat fungal nail infections. There are more effective treatments for toenail fungal infections, such as Loceryl Curanail and Trosyl Nail Solution.

What should I do if I get Vicks VapoRub in my eyes?

If you accidentally get Vicks VapoRub in your eye, rinse your eyes with cold water. If irritation persists, seek advice from your doctor.

Can I use Vicks VapoRub on my feet?

Vicks VapoRub is not intended to be used on your feet. You should always use Vicks VapoRub as described on the label.

Can I use Vicks VapoRub in the bath?

While you can put Vicks VapoRub in a bowl of warm water and inhale the vapours, putting Vicks VapoRub in the bath is not advised by the manufacturer. Using Vicks VapoRub in the bath may cause the ointment to come into contact with sensitive skin and cause irritation such as burning.

What happens if I put Vicks VapoRub in my nose?

You should not put Vicks VapoRub in or around your nostrils. Vicks VapoRub contains camphor, which can have toxic effects if it is absorbed into your body through the mucus membranes inside your nose.

Can I use Vicks VapoRub with other cough and cold remedies?

It is generally safe to use Vicks VapoRub alongside other treatments for coughs and colds, including paracetamol.

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Vicks VapoRub
  • Manufacturer: Procter and Gamble (P&G)
  • Active Ingredient(s): camphor, eucalyptus oil, levomenthol, turpentine oil
  • Administration: Topical
  • Presentation: A white, semi-opaque ointment
  • Exemption: General Sales License
  • Dosage: Apply to the chest at bedtime
  • Description: Vicks VapoRub is a topica ointment that is used to relieve the symptoms of a cold at night
  • Drug Class: Topical rubefacient
  • Alcohol Consumption: No influence
  • When Pregnant: Speak to your doctor before using Vicks VapoRub if you are pregnant or are planning on becoming pregnancy
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before using Vicks VapoRub if you are breastfeeding
  • Price: 3.99 GBP

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