What is the Triaminic Vapor Patch?
The Triaminic Vapor patch is a cough suppressant developed and manufactured by Novartis. The Vapor Patch is applied to the throat and chest and works by allowing vapors from the patch to enter the nose and throat. The patch consists of camphor, eucalyptus oil and menthol and is available for children aged 2 years and older. In 2006 Novartis volunatarily recalled the Vapor Patch after it was found that children could suffer serious side effects if the patch was removed and ingested.
Used as prescribed the Triaminic Vapor Patch is relatively safe and the side effects include blisterin, scarring, bruising, headache, and depigmentation of the skin, hair, or eyes. Serious side effects occur when the Vapor Patch is swallowed. The active ingredients, camphor and eucalyptus oil can have severe effects if swallowed. This includes burning feeling in the mouth, nausea, headaches, vomiting and seizure.
In 2006 after a report that a child suffered a seizure after swallowing a Triaminic Vapor Patch Novartis issued a voluntary recall of the product with the knowledge of the FDA.