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  • VapoRub ointment is a mentholated topical cream intended to assist with minor medical conditions that temporarily impair breathing, including the common cold. It is applied to the chest, often immediately before sleeping, or inhaled by melting it in very hot water. VapoRub was created in the 1880s by Lunsford Richardson, a Selma, North Carolina pharmacist, as a salve for treating colds and pneumonia. Richardson later moved to Greensboro, North Carolina and began marketing it as Vicks VapoRub, named in honor of his brother-in-law, Dr. Joshua Vick, a Selma physician. In 1948, Edward Mabry became president of Vicks, then known as the Vicks Chemical Company. In 1985, it was sold to Procter & Gamble.

    Active Ingredients:

    Camphor 4.8% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)

    Eucalyptol 1.2% (Cough suppressant)

    Menthol 2.6% (Cough suppressant and topical analgesic)

    Inactive Ingredients

    Cedarleaf oil

    Nutmeg oil

    special Petrolatum


    Turpentine oil


    January 30, 2008