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  • Ridiculous non-PB related question.

    Are there any substances present in a Vicks inhaler that it would be possible to get addicted to?

  • #2
    Apparently you can get addicted to fage, so I wouldn't be surprised.

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    • #3
      StoneAge: I have not heard of any clinical issues with VIcks, BUT I do know that my grandfather had addictive behaviors and he would have a panic attack if he did not have 3-4 Vicks around him at all times, dont know if that was a true ingredient addiction or a behavioral addiction though

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      • #4
        I'm embarrassed admitting this, but I've started to use the Vicks Inhaler all the time, and I crave it if I don't have it. I'm not really sure what it is i enjoy so much about using it, except I really like the smell. I also enjoy rubbing the Vaporub on at night too.

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        • #5
          i'd say be happy it's vicks and not, like, crack.

          i like the smell of vicks, too. they should make stinky candles.
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          • #6
            well, for me anyway, it is a very energizing, refreshing feeling to inhale that. I wonder if overuse could damage the nasal passages.

            Too much rubs that contain methyl salicylate can cause kidney and lung damage though, I do know that.

            No need to be embarrassed, I beleive we all have our vices! Maybe get a menthal scented candle?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by batty View Post
              i'd say be happy it's vicks and not, like, crack.

              i like the smell of vicks, too. they should make stinky candles.
              Lol, they should! I already bought the Vicks bubble bath.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bane View Post
                Apparently you can get addicted to fage, so I wouldn't be surprised.
                I don't know why, but every time I see the word fage I think of Vag, so your comment made me giggle.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Redflame View Post
                  well, for me anyway, it is a very energizing, refreshing feeling to inhale that. I wonder if overuse could damage the nasal passages.

                  Too much rubs that contain methyl salicylate can cause kidney and lung damage though, I do know that.

                  No need to be embarrassed, I beleive we all have our vices! Maybe get a menthal scented candle?
                  Eeeek I've already battled kidney damage from Diabetes, so maybe it's time to break my addiction. i like a very strong smell, so I might buy some eucalyptus oil and try that.

                  Thanks for your help!

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                  • #10
                    Never trust Wikipedia! ...but I'm pretty lazy. I couldn't find the inhaler specifically, but most Vicks products contain camphor:

                    In larger quantities, it is poisonous when ingested and can cause seizures, confusion, irritability, and neuromuscular hyperactivity. In extreme cases, even topical application of camphor may lead to hepatotoxicity.[14] [15] Lethal doses in adults are in the range 50500 mg/kg (orally). Generally, 2 g causes serious toxicity and 4 g is potentially lethal.
                    I myself love Tiger Balm! But it's got camphor too, and I don't use it very often. Anyway, just FYI.

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                    • #11
                      Well, Google tells me the active ingredient is levomethamphetamine. It's strong enough to make people flunk drug tests for meth... And there certainly are a lot of people that feel addicted to that inhaler. Whatever's causing it, it's probably not good?
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                      • #12
                        During my last pregnancy, I was sort of addicted to certain smells- rubbing alcohol, nail polish remover, gasoline, etc. Mind you, I didn't INDULGE in those smells, but I certainly wanted to! It turns out that they all contain a certain chemical (don't remember the name now), which can be addictive and is harmful. I wonder if Vicks has anything similar in it? Instead of sniffing Vicks, you could try Olba's oil.
                        http://www.vitacost.com/Olbas-Oil-0-32-fl-oz
                        It smells a lot like Vick's, but is just essential oils. I LOVE the smell!
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                        • #13
                          You know I LOVE the smell of petrol too.

                          Jenny- Yes when I googled I saw that a lot of people were complaining of the same thing. There's even a Facebook group about it. I do have an addictive personality anyway- I'm addicted to nicotine and caffeine, and I used to take a lot of drugs when I was younger. I'm going to get some eucalyptus and Olbas oils and try replacing it with those.

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                          • #14
                            Hope it works. My suspicion is... yanno, regardless of whether the chemicals are scary or affecting you... if you're concerned enough about it to post here, then it may be worth cutting down. Good luck!
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                            • #15
                              Thanks!

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