Brand Name: cemphire, Cinnamomum camphora
Generic Name: Camphor
Drug Class: Cardiovascular, Herbals; Pulmonary, Herbals
What Is Camphor and How Does It Work?
Camphor is an active ingredient in many over-the-counter cough and cold remedies.
Camphor (inhalation) suggested uses include as an antitussive (anti-cough).
Camphor is an FDA-approved topical antitussive (anti-cough).
Camphor is FDA-approved to treat itching.
Symptom relief of osteoarthritis is likely when camphor is applied topically.
Camphor is available under the following different brand and other names: cemphire, and Cinnamomum camphora.
Dosages of Camphor:
- 3-11% ointment
Dosage Forms and Strengths
- Itching and pain: 3-11% ointment applied three to four times daily
- Cough: Thick layer of 4.7-5.3% ointment applied to throat and chest
- Osteoarthritis: Topical combo product containing camphor (32 mg/g), glucosamine sulfate (30 mg/g), and chondroitin sulfate (50 mg/g) applied as needed for 8 weeks
- 1 tablespoon solution per quart of water in a steam vaporizer three times daily
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that topical camphor products not exceed 11% camphor AND
- Recommend that camphor not be used in treating children orally
- Ingestion of camphor can cause significant toxicity including death
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