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Camphor

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Last Updated: December 14, 2018

About Camphor

Camphor is a flammable, white or transparent solid with a strong aroma. It has a waxy texture. Camphor is naturally found in the wood of a large evergreen tree found in Asia called Camphor laurel. It can also be synthetically produced from turpentine oil. Camphor has varied medical uses. It can quickly treat skin rashes and redness of the skin. Camphor is also used to treat eczema in kids or adults. The fragrance of Camphor oil has a calming effect on the brain and can be used to induce sleep. Camphor oil can also promote hair growth. It can also be used as a treatment for head lice.

Camphor products can be inhaled to relieve cough or congestion. It can also be used to treat fungal infections of the nails, warts, cold sores, osteoarthritis, minor burns and haemorrhoids. Camphor is used as a counter irritant which reduces pain and swelling by causing irritation and increasing blood flow of the affected region. Camphor can also be used to teat respiratory tract diseases and heart disease symptoms. Camphor is sometimes used in eardrops. However, it is important not to apply Camphor to or near broken skin as it can enter the body and quickly reach concentrations that are high enough to cause poisoning.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.

What are the side effects of Camphor ?

Key highlights of Camphor

  • Is It safe with alcohol? No interaction found
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings? Neph-m plus eye drop may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings? Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine? Patients should not drive if they have blurred vision.
  • Does this affect kidney function? Caution to be advised in patients with severe impaired renal function.
  • Does this affect liver function? There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Medicines containing Camphor

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Camphor as ingredient

How does this medication work?

Camphor is a major component of most liniments and balms, which are supplied as topical analgesics. Even though it is used in many medications, the mechanism of action for the drug is not well understood as of yet.

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