EMLA Cream
EMLA Cream

EMLA Cream

EMLA Cream
EMLA Cream is a local anaesthetic that creates a numbing feeling. Suitable for short-term use before an injection or needle is administered to lessen pain and discomfort.
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What is EMLA Cream?

EMLA Cream is a local anaesthetic that works by numbing the surface of the skin for a short amount of time. Often it is used before medical procedures, injections and blood tests to stop the pain felt on the skin. 

How does it work?

EMLA Cream contains the two local anaesthetic ingredients, lidocaine and prilocaine. These medicines work to quickly stop the nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. EMLA Cream will number the area where it has been applied to ensure little to no pain is felt.

Is EMLA Cream suitable for me?

You should not use EMLA Cream if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. 

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Side Effects

All medications can cause potential side effects, below we have listed some potential side effects, however, these do not always occur.

  • A mild reaction (paleness or redness of the skin, slight puffiness, initial burning or itching) may occur on the area on which EMLA is used. These are normal reactions to the cream and the anaesthetics and will disappear in a short while without any measures being needed.
  • Transient local skin reactions (paleness, redness, swelling) in the treated area during treatment of skin, genital mucosa or leg ulcers.
  • An initially mild sensation of burning, itching or warmth at the treated area during treatment of genital mucosa or leg ulcers.

Disclaimer: This website does not constitute as medical advice, you should also consult with a doctor before taking medication. If you experience any major reactions to any medication you are taking, you must seek immediate medical attention.


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Commonly Used Dosage Guidelines for EMLA Cream.

Where to put the cream, how much to use and how long to leave it on will depend on what it is used for. Half a 5 g tube corresponds to about 2 g EMLA Cream. One gram of EMLA Cream pressed out of a tube of 30g is approximately 3.5 cm.

  • EMLA Cream should be used on the genitals only by a doctor or nurse.
  • When EMLA Cream is used on leg ulcers, a doctor or nurse should supervise its use.

Adults, for use on the skin before small procedures (such as having a needle put in or minor skin operations):

  • The cream is put on to the skin in a thick layer. Follow the instructions on the leaflet or those from your health care professional. In certain cases your healthcare professional has to apply the cream.
  • The cream is then covered by a dressing [plastic wrap]. This is taken off just before the procedure starts. If you are applying the cream yourself, make sure that you have been given dressings by your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
  • The usual dose for adults and adolescents over 12 years is 2 g (grams).
  • For adults and adolescents over 12 years put the cream on at least 60 minutes before the procedure (unless the cream is being used on the genitals). However, do not put it on more than 5 hours before.

Disclaimer: This website does not provide medical advice. No information listed on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment before undergoing a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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How long does EMLA Cream take to work?

The lidocaine ingredient in EMLA cream begins to work quickly. Most people will start to feel a numbing effect within 30 to 60 minutes.

How do you use EMLA Cream?

You should only use EMLA Cream as prescribed by your doctor. To learn more, read the information leaflet. 

EMLA Cream can be used for various reasons, including:

  • Before small procedures (such as having a needle put in or minor skin operations)
  • Outpatient procedures (such as hair removal techniques)
  • Hospital procedures (such as split-skin grafting)
  • Prior to the removal of wart-like spots called mollusca
  • Use on genital skin before injections of local anaesthetics or minor skin surgery
  • Use on leg ulcers before cleaning or removal of damaged skin.

What should you do if you use more EMLA Cream than you should?

If you use more EMLA Cream than is described in this leaflet or more than your doctor, pharmacist or mnurse has told you to, talk to one of them straight away, even if you do not feel any symptoms. Symptoms of using too much EMLA Cream are listed below. These symptoms are unlikely to happen if EMLA Cream is used as recommended.

- Feeling light-headed or dizzy.

- Tingling of the skin around the mouth and numbness of the tongue.

- Abnormal taste.

- Blurred vision.

- Ringing in the ears.

- There is also a risk of ‘acute methaemoglobinaemia’ (a problem with blood pigment levels).

This is more likely when certain medicines have been taken at the same time. If this happens, the skin becomes bluish-grey due to a lack of oxygen.

In serious cases of overdose, symptoms may include fits, low blood pressure, slowed breathing, stopped breathing and altered heartbeat. These effects may be life-threatening.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

What are the ingredients in EMLA Cream?

EMLA Cream contains:

  • Lidocaine
  • Prilocaine
  • Macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate, 
  • Carbomer 974P, 
  • Sodium hydroxide
  • Purified water.

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