Cold symptom

• For a good night‘s sleep5,6

• For the whole family*

VICKS VapoRub relieves 4 cold symptoms1 so the whole family can have a good night’s sleep5,6.

When children wake up at night because of a cold (blocked nose or cough), it can disturb the whole family’s sleep!

VICKS VapoRub is a medicinal ointment which fights the symptoms of colds in adults and children above 2 years old.1 Thanks to its Menthol, Camphor, Eucalyptus oil and Turpentine oil, VICKS VapoRub relieves:



VICKS VapoRub releases vapours for up to 8 hours.2

VICKS VapoRub is fast acting on cold symptoms which can disturb your sleep:

• Relieves blocked nose in about 1 minute3

• Reduces cough in about 15 minutes4

• Releases vapours for up to 8 hours2


Adults:Rub Vicks VapoRub liberally on the chest, throat and back. Rub in well over the whole area and leave nightclothes loose for easy inhalation.

Or:Place hot (not boiling) water in a suitable bowl for inhalation. Melt two teaspoons of VapoRub into the bowl of hot water and inhale the vapours.

Caution: never re-heat the mixture or heat VapoRub in microwave

Children (over 2 years):Apply lightly to chest and back. Rub gently and leave clothes loose for easy inhalation.


Do not use Vicks VapoRub:

  • if you are allergic to any of the actives or other ingredients
  • on children under 2 years
  • as an inhalation for children under 12 years
  • on broken skin, wounds or mucous membranes
  • swallow or apply directly onto the nostrils, eyes, mouth or face
  • do not bandage tightly. Do not use with heat wrap.



For adults and children above 2 years old, gently massage onto the chest and back before going to bed. Adults should also rub VICKS VapoRub rub on the throat. Whilst it is being used loose comfortable clothing should be worn, so that the vapours  can be easily inhaled1.


The ointment can also be used for inhalation by adults and children above 12 years old. Melt two teaspoons of VapoRub into a suitable bowl with hot water (not boiling) and inhale the vapours1.


Why is the use of VICKS VapoRub recommended?

Unpleasant symptoms such as blocked nose and cough can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. VICKS VapoRub applied at bedtime starts to relieve nasal congestion in about 1 minute3 and cough in about 15 minutes4. VICKS  VapoRub releases it’s therapeutic vapours throughout the night for up to 8 hours2.

How long are VICKS VapoRub’s vapours released and how should I apply it?

After VICKS VapoRub has been applied, vapours are released for up to 8 hours2. For adults and children above 2 years old, gently massage onto the chest and back before going to bed. Adults can also rub VICKS VapoRub rub on the throat1.

Can VICKS VapoRub be used on children?

VICKS VapoRub may only be used on children above 2 years old. Gently massage the product onto the chest and back before going to bed to help to relieve cold symptoms1.        

For more details on our products’ features and benefits, please read the usage instructions carefully before using the product.

1. VICKS VapoRub SmPC

2. Internal Procter & Gamble Technical Report RPS1147/44; 2010

3. Eccles, R., Jaward, M., Ramsey, D.L. and Hull J.D. (2015) Efficacy of a Tropical Aromatic Rub (VICKS VapoRub”)-Speed of Action of Subjective Nasal Cooling and Relief from Nasal Congestion. Open Journal of Respiratory Diseases, 5, 10-18.

4. Procter & Gamble (Data on File, 1982). Study MR 92-2007. Citric Acid Aerosol-Induced Cough in Healthy Adults Evaluating VICKS VapoRub’s Antitussive Efficacy.

5. Santhi N, Ramsey D, Phillipson G, Hull D, Revell VL, Dijk D-J. (2017) Efficacy of a topical aromatic rub (Vicks VapoRub®) on effects on self-reported and actigraphically assessed aspects of sleep in common cold patients. OJRD 7: 83-101.

6. Paul, I. M., Beiler, J. S., King, T. S., Clapp, E. R., Vallati, J., & Berlin, C. M. (2010). Vapor rub, petrolatum, and no treatment for children with nocturnal cough and cold symptoms. Pediatrics. 126(6). 1092-1099