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Ontario Poison Centre




VapoRub is a topical cough medicine that is applied to the chest to help relieve cough and congestion. It usually contains a combination of camphor, menthol and eucalyptus oil, which can be poisonous if swallowed.

Poisoning Risk

Poisonous if swallowed: severity dependent on amount.

Low-risk in taste amounts.

High-risk in larger amounts.

Expected Symptoms

  • Can range from mild upset stomach to severe symptoms including seizures.

Home Treatment

  • Provide something to drink for dilution.
  • For eye exposures, rinse eyes for at least 15 minutes with lukewarm water.
  • Call the Poison Centre for further advice.


  • This product should be locked up and out of sight with all of your other household medicines.
  • Always keep this product in its original container.
  • Every case is different. OPC is available 24hrs/day to provide information for your individual situation. Call 1-800-268-9017 (Toll-free) or 416-813-5900 (Local).



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