WHAT IS EMLA CREAM?
It is a 5% cream containing two anaesthetics. It contains both lidocaine and prilocaine and is available in a 5g pack.
EMLA cream can be used for the following:
- Topical anaesthesia of the skin in connection with needle insertion or superficial surgical procedures.
HOW DO YOU USE EMLA CREAM?
The dosage and application time will vary depending on the use of the cream, so it is important to ensure you read and take it in line with the information provided in the patient information leaflet, or as advised by your doctor.
HOW DOES EMLA CREAM WORK?
EMLA works by blocking pain signals being sent from nerve cells in your skin to your brain. By doing this, it helps to stop or reduce the pain felt during various procedures.
DOES EMLA CREAM HAVE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?
EMLA cream is generally very safe and does not produce many side effects, however some people may experience:
- Itching or tingling in the area where you have applied the cream
- Pale skin with red spots or mild swelling in the area you have applied the cream
In very rare cases, some people may have an allergic reaction to EMLA Cream. You should seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:
- A skin rash including itchy, red, blistered, swollen or peeling skin
- Trouble breathing
- Start wheezing
- Chest or throat tightness
- Your mouth, face, lips tongue or throat start to swell
WHAT ARE THE CAUTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE USE OF EMLA CREAM?
EMLA cream is not suitable for everyone. Consult your doctor or pharmacist before using EMLA cream if:
- You have had an allergic reaction to EMLA cream or any of the ingredients in EMLA cream in the past
- You have cuts, rashes, eczema, bleeding or scabs on the area you plan to use the cream
- You or your child have the rare inherited conditions porphyria, methaemoglobinaemia or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency
You should always read the patient information leaflet before taking this medication.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
You can find more information on EMLA 5% Cream in the patient information leaflet.