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Distilled Witch Hazel

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Information specific to: Distilled Witch Hazel.

About Distilled Witch Hazel and how it works

This medicine is a traditional remedy for treating sprains, bruises, and sore or rough skin. It has an astringent and cooling action.

This medicine is available as a liquid which is applied directly to the affected area. You should bandage the area after application and keep the bandage moist with witch hazel.

Speak to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse during treatment with this medicine.

Before using Distilled Witch Hazel

This medicine may not be suitable for everyone and some people must never have it. Check the leaflet that comes with your medicine to make sure that the medicine is suitable before having it.

Always get advice from a healthcare professional before having this medicine if:

  • you are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
  • you have broken skin in the area needing treatment

Medicines interactions

If you are taking or using more than one medicine they may interact with each other. This medicine is unlikely to have any important interactions. But speak to your pharmacist or doctor if you get any unusual symptoms while having this medicine with other medicines.

Possible side effects of Distilled Witch Hazel

Most medicines can cause some side-effects but not everyone having the same medicine will get the same side-effects.

The following side-effects have been associated with people having this medicine:

  • hypersensitivity reactions

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

This medicine is not known to cause any problems during pregnancy or while breast-feeding. However, as with all medicines, you should seek medical advice from your doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or are breast-feeding.

Other important information

Make sure that you read the leaflet that comes with your medicine to check how much you should use and if there is anything that you need to do if you use more than the recommended amount. If you are in any doubt about whether this medicine is suitable for you, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

This medicine is for external use only.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

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