Generic name: witch hazel topical (WITCH Ha zel TOP ik al)
Brand name: Hygenic Cleansing Pad, Medi-Pad, Neutrogena Acne Drying Gel, Preparation H Medicated Wipes, Sayman Soap with Witch Hazel, Tucks, Preparation H Medicated Wipes Refill Pack, Preparation H Medicated Wipes Portable, Medicated, Preparation H Medicated Wipes for Women, A.E.R. Witch Hazel, A.E.R. Witch Hazel Towelette, T.N. Dickinson's Witch Hazel
Dosage forms: topical gel (-); topical liquid (-); topical pad (20%; 50%); topical soap (-)
Drug class: Topical astringents
Witch hazel is a plant also known as Avellano de Bruja, Café du Diable, Hamamelis, Hamamélis, Hamamélis de Virginie, Hamamelis virginiana, Hazel, Noisetier des Sorcières, Snapping Tobacco Wood, Spotted Elder, Virginian Witch Hazel, Winter Bloom, and other names. Witch hazel is a liquid distilled from dried leaves, bark, and twigs of this plant.
Witch hazel topical (for the skin) has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating hemorrhoids, minor bleeding, and skin irritation.
Witch hazel topical has also been used to treat eczema. However, research has shown that witch hazel topical may not be effective in treating this condition.
Other uses not proven with research have included treating bruises or varicose veins.
It is not certain whether witch hazel topical is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. This product should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.
Witch hazel topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
Before using witch hazel topical, talk to your healthcare provider. You may not be able to use this product if you have certain medical conditions.
Witch hazel topical is thought to be possibly safe when used on a child's skin. Ask a healthcare provider about using witch hazel topical on a child.
Ask a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
How should I use witch hazel topical?
When considering the use of an alternative medicine, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of natural medicines.
If you choose to use witch hazel topical, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin. Witch hazel may cause stomach upset or liver problems when taken by mouth.
Witch hazel topical is available in different forms, such as liquid, gel, soap, or topical pad.
Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with witch hazel topical does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.
Store witch hazel topical as directed on the label.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since witch hazel topical is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of witch hazel topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
What should I avoid while using witch hazel topical?
Follow your healthcare provider's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
Witch hazel topical side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Although not all side effects are known, witch hazel topical is thought to be likely safe for most people when used as directed.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect witch hazel topical?
Witch hazel used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.