Camphor Side Effects

Common Camphor Side Effects

The most commonly reported Camphor side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Erythema (1)
Application Site Pruritus (1)
Application Site Warmth (1)
Blood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased (1)
Fall (1)
Fatigue (1)
Urticaria (1)
Vision Blurred (1)
Visual Impairment (1)
Oedema Peripheral (1)
Pain (1)
Burns Second Degree (1)
Chills (1)
Dyspnoea (1)
Application Site Inflammation (1)
Application Site Erythema (1)
Product Odour Abnormal (1)
Purulence (1)
Skin Infection (1)
Vomiting (1)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

Camphor Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following Camphor reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.

The appearance of Camphor on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.
on May 14, 2013 Male from US , 62 years of age, weighting 190.0 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Camphor, Menthol, Menthyl Salicylate. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Camphor side effects: haematochezia. Camphor, Menthol, Menthyl Salicylate dosage: Used Daily, Topical.
Associated medications used:
  • Salonpas Pain Relieving Patch -l
  • Lidocaine Patch
  • Arnica Cream
  • Aspirin

Skin Infection, Erythema, Oedema Peripheral
Patient was taking Camphor (synthetic), Menthol, And Methyl Salicylate. Patient felt the following Camphor side effects: skin infection, erythema, oedema peripheral on Dec 13, 2012 from US Additional patient health information: Female , 82 years of age, weighting 150.0 lb, . Camphor (synthetic), Menthol, And Methyl Salicylate dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Atenolol
  • Amlodipine
  • Simvastatin
  • Vicoden
  • Aleve

Burns Second Degree
Adverse event was reported on Nov 01, 2012 by a Female taking Camphor (natural)\menthol\methyl Salicylate. (Dosage: Rub On Skin) was diagnosed with and. Location: US , 65 years of age, weighting 167.0 lb, After Camphor was administered, patient encountered several Camphor side effects: burns second degree.

on Oct 09, 2012 Female from US , weighting 134.5 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Camphor\phenol. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Camphor side effects: dyspnoea. Camphor\phenol dosage: 1 Df, Unk.

Application Site Warmth, Application Site Pain, Application Site Erythema, Application Site Pruritus, Application Site Inflammation, Urticaria
on Oct 04, 2012 Male from IL , 51 years of age, weighting 202.8 lb, was diagnosed with and was treated with Camphor (natural)\capsicum\menthol. Patient felt the following Camphor side effects: application site warmth, application site pain, application site erythema, application site pruritus, application site inflammation, urticaria. Camphor (natural)\capsicum\menthol dosage: N/A.

Purulence, Swelling, Infected Naevus, Pain, Melanocytic Naevus
Patient was taking Camphor + Menthol Lotion (camphor + Menthol) (sarna). After Camphor was administered, patient encountered several Camphor side effects: purulence, swelling, infected naevus, pain, melanocytic naevus on Oct 18, 2011 from UNITED STATES Additional patient health information: Male , 46 years of age, . Camphor + Menthol Lotion (camphor + Menthol) (sarna) dosage: Topical.

Myalgia, Blood Creatine Phosphokinase Increased, Hepatitis, Fall
Adverse event was reported on Feb 08, 2011 by a Male taking Camphor And Eucalyptus Oil And Menthol And Methyl Salicylate (Dosage: N/A) . Location: FRANCE , 40 years of age, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Camphor side effects: myalgia, blood creatine phosphokinase increased, hepatitis, fall.
Associated medications used:
  • Ketoprofen
  • Zetia
  • Pantoprazole Sodium
Patient was hospitalized.

Fatigue, Product Odour Abnormal, Vision Blurred, Visual Impairment
on Jun 10, 2010 Female from UNITED STATES , 72 years of age, was diagnosed with and was treated with Camphor + Menthol Lotion (camphor + Menthol). Patient felt the following Camphor side effects: fatigue, product odour abnormal, vision blurred, visual impairment. Camphor + Menthol Lotion (camphor + Menthol) dosage: 1 Application (s) / Per Day / Topical.

Chills, Lethargy, Musculoskeletal Stiffness, Nausea, Neck Pain, Vomiting
on Mar 21, 2007 Male from UNITED STATES , child 10 years of age, was treated with Camphor. After Camphor was administered, patient encountered several Camphor side effects: chills, lethargy, musculoskeletal stiffness, nausea, neck pain, vomiting. Camphor dosage: Unit Dose: 95.37 Mg.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Clonidine (Unit Dose: 0.1 Mg)
  • Methylphenidate Hcl
  • Valproic Acid (Unit Dose: 125 Mg)
Patient was hospitalized.

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Note Your Observations

It is really important to keep of your symptoms, right from the time you start a new medicine. You can do it any way you prefer: in a notebook, in a computer file or using our online tool. You should also note down any other medicines you are taking at the same time, because there could be an interaction between these medicines.

Why Your Notes are Important

Your notes could be helpful in several ways:

  • You can use them to remind you of details that may alert your health care professional(s) to a problem
  • You will have a record to refer to in the future, in case you are ever prescribed the same medicine again

  • Log Form

    You can use the following log form to write down important information, like the date and time you experienced a side effect and your symptoms, how strong the symptoms were, and any other medicines you were using.

    Medicine Name and Dosage:


    Side Effects


    Date & Time

    Other Medicine(s) or Treatment(s)





    Scale: 1 = very mild to 10 = very bad

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