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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Vick's Vaporub


These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

Seizures
Question: Can heavy use of VickÝs Vaporub inserted into the nose cause seizures? My father has had seizures for about 10 years with many tests, non of which rendered a cause for his seizures. His dilantin level can be low or high or WNL and he will still have seizures. He has used VickÝs salve all his 92 years and frequently uses it heavily by placing a large gob of it into his nose. (He has always had severe sinus problems) His last two seizures followed use of this product after not having used it for several months. Could there be a connection?

Answer: Potentially, any stimulus can initiate a seizure. In practicality, rarely do any stimuli other than flashing lights initiate a seizure. However, there are reports of sounds, lights, smells, etc. initiating seizures. I doubt that his Vaporub is the cause. However, hold it for two months and see.

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