Providing sufficient relief for cold, cough, nasal congestions, fever, sore throats and runny nose for both children and adults, Vicks is an American brand of over-the-counter medicines owned by the American company Procter & Gamble. The diverse range of Vicks products include cough syrup, cough drops, nasal spray, cold relieving medicine, lozenge and ointments. The essential active ingredient present in majority of the Vicks products is menthol. Every product contains different active ingredients for providing instant relief to both adults and children.
The active ingredients present in Vicks VapoRub are camphor and menthol, which are cough suppressant and topical analgesics and eucalyptus oil, which is a cough suppressant. Vicks inhalers consist of an important active ingredient – levmetamfetamine, also known as L-methamphetamine, which is highly effective as a nasal decongestant. Essential oils like, olive oil, almond oil, beeswax pastilles, eucalyptus oils, peppermint oils and menthol extracts are also used as active ingredients.
Some of the Vicks products like nighttime cold medicines contain ingredients like doxylamine succinate, which is a strong antihistamine, effective for runny noses and sneezing. The Vicks brand strongly recommends parental guidance for children and teenagers while using their products which contain DXM (Dextromethorphan) as its over usage might cause fatal adverse effects, such as blurred vision, seizure, loss of consciousness, and irregular heartbeat. An active ingredient often found in cough syrups, dextromethorphan is a useful, non-narcotic, non-addictive cough suppressant that gets activated by developing the coughing threshold in the brain. It is a safe element used in various over-the-counter cough and cold medicines, but its over dosage might lead to a discomforting situation.
Pain relieving, and cough and cold products of Vicks brand often contain another active ingredient of acetaminophen, also abbreviated as APAP which is often known as paracetamol in other countries. This active ingredient is safe for both children and adults and provides faster relief.
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