Witch hazel is a botanical astringent from the plant Hamamelis virginiana. Astringents shrink or tighten tissues in your body. This topical solution comes in the form of wipes or pads that you rub on your skin. It can relieve itching, burning and irritation caused by hemorrhoids or bowel movements.
WITCH HAZEL (WICH hey zuhl) relieves minor pain and irritation in the rectal area. It works by decreasing inflammation. It belongs to a group of medications called astringents.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Hemorrhoidal, Medi-Pads, Preparation H for Women Medicated Hemorrhoidal, Preparation H Maximum Strength, Preparation H Totables, Sani-Pads with Aloe, Tucks, Tucks Take Along
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This medication is for external use only. Follow the directions on the package label or the advice of your care team. Do not use your medication more often than directed.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. While this medication may be used for children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
This does not apply; the pads or wipes may be used as needed, up to 6 times per day.
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the same area of skin without asking your care team.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Tell your care team if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Many pads and wipes are safe for septic and sewer system disposal. Check specific product label.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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