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Camphor is a naturally occurring phytochemical from the barks of the camphor tree. Camphor can be synthetically derived from turpentine oil. Camphor products can be used to relieve pain, pruritis, cough, osteoarthritis, respiratory disorders, cold sores and bronchial congestion with or without cough. Camphor can be used either as an inhaler or topical application.


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Camphor Indications / Camphor Uses

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Camphor Adverse Reactions / Camphor Side Effects

No adverse events are reported with Camphor use as skin creams in low concentration (less than 11%). In some individuals, Camphor can cause skin irritation and redness.


Camphor should not be used in abrasion or injured skin. It can results in toxic reactions. Do not heat camphor-containing formulations.

Keep Camphor away from children. Ingestion of Camphor can cause serious adverse events including death.

Avoid contact with eyes. If irritation occurs, flush the affected eyes with water and consult a physician.

Special Precautions

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Other Drug Interactions

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Other Interactions

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Topical application
For pruritis and pain (Adults):
Apply 3-11% of Camphor ointment thrice or four times a day.
For cough (Adults):
Apply a thick layer of 4.7-5.3% of Camphor ointment on the throat and chest. To facilitate skin penetration, cover the area with warm and dry cloth.
For osteoarthritis (Adults):
Apply 32 mg/g of Camphor with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate onto the affected joints up to eight weeks.
Add one tablespoonful of Camphor solution in 250 ml of water. Place the mixture into the steam vaporizer. The medicated vapour should be inhaled. The procedure can be repeated up to thrice a day.


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List of Contraindications

Camphor and Pregnancy

No adequate clinical studies to support the safety of Camphor in pregnant women. Avoid using Camphor during gestation.

Camphor and Lactation

No adequate clinical studies to support the safety of Camphor in lactating mothers. Avoid using Camphor if you are a nursing mother.

Camphor and Children

Avoid using Camphor in children. Camphor overdose or toxicity can cause seizures or even death in children.

Camphor and Geriatic

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Camphor and Other Contraindications

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Lab interference

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Camphor brands in India:

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