What is witch hazel topical?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs


Witch hazel is also known as Cortex Hamamelis (dried bark), Folium Hamamelis (dried or fresh leaves), Hamamelis, or Hamamelis water. The topical, or skin preparation,is commonly used for skin conditions, including diaper rash or hemorrhoids.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Acne breakout 2 3
Candida (fungal) infection 1 1
Eyes red 1 2
Hemorrhoids 1 2
Scars 1 2
Swelling of eyelids 1 2

Show all 7 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with witch hazel topical

Side effect Patients
Burning sensation 1
Dry skin 1

Why patients stopped taking witch hazel topical

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
See all 2 patients who've stopped taking witch hazel topical


Stopped taking witch hazel topical

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 3
Usually 1
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 3
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1 patient evaluation for witch hazel topical

Apr 18, 2013 (Started Oct 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for candida (fungal) infection)
  • Side effects
    Mild (burning sensation)
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I really think this medication works better than some of the stuff the doctors have tried giving me by prescription. The only thing that I do not like about it is when you apply it to the infected area it does burn like crazy, but it goes away after a few seconds. It has been very effective on keeping my candidiasis down/away. I also found that it really helps with acne on the face and/or back. It is also good for cleaning out wounds.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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