EMLA contains two active substances called lidocaine and prilocaine. These belong to a group of medicines called local anaesthetics.
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EMLA 5% 5g tube contains two active substances called lidocaine and prilocaine. These belong to a group of medicines called local anaesthetics.
EMLA Cream is an anaesthetic cream that can be used to numb areas of skin before injections or minor procedures. It can be used by both adults and children and is perfect for kids who are scared of needles and need a way to reduce pain when they have an injection.
There are many reasons why you may use an anaesthetic cream, including many minor procedures. Some of the most common reasons why people use this product include:
EMLA Cream is a numbing agent and some people use it to ease their pain when they’re getting a tattoo. However, we’d recommend asking your doctor or pharmacist before doing this for yourself, to make sure that it’s the right option for you. You should also let your tattoo artist know that you’re planning on using EMLA Cream so they can make any adjustments they may need to make sure your tattoo is perfect.
EMLA Cream contains two local anaesthetics, lidocaine and prilocaine, which both works to numb the surface of the skin. When this happens, you won’t be able to feel pain, but may still be able to feel pressure and touch, making this perfect for minor procedures or injections. You’ll typically apply a layer of this cream an hour before your procedure (although this can differ depending on your age or condition) and leave it in place, giving it enough time to get to work and numb your skin effectively before you wipe it away.
When you’ve applied EMLA cream as recommended by the manufacturer or your doctor or pharmacist, your skin will remain numb for around 2 hours. This should be more than enough time to carry out minor procedures or for injection.
If you are using any other medication, including medications you obtained without a prescription and herbal medicines, you should speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist before using this product. This particularly applies to:
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product. Using this cream occasionally should not have any adverse effects during pregnancy, but you should still speak to a medical professional first to be sure that this is safe. If you’re breastfeeding, the lidocaine and prilocaine in this cream can pass into your breast milk in small amounts, this generally will not cause risk for your child, but you should speak to a medical professional to be sure that this product is safe for you and your baby.
EMLA Cream should not be used on infants who were born before 37 weeks. Do not use this product on the genitals of children under the age of 12, or on children under 12 who are also being treated with medicines that affect blood pigment levels. Do not use this product if you are allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine, or any of the other listed ingredients. For external use only. Do not apply this cream to the following areas:
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product if you or your child:
Apply the EMLA cream to the area of skin you wish to numb, squeezing it from the tube into a mound. Do not rub the cream in. Remove dressing from its backing papers, leaving a frame of paper around the outside. Gently place the dressing over the mound of the cream adhesive side down, without spreading the cream under the dressing. Remove the final piece of backing paper and smooth down the edges of the dressing. Leave in place for 60 minutes, letting your doctor or nurse remove the dressing just before they carry out your medical procedure.
The usual amount of EMLA cream you will need to use will differ depending on your age. Adults will typically need to use 2g (half a 5g tube) of EMLA cream before a small procedure, but you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product so you can be sure that you’re using the right dose for you.
Does EMLA Cream have any side effects?
Like all medications, EMLA Cream can have side effects, although not everyone will experience them. These include:
Local skin reactions during treatment, e.g. paleness, redness, swelling
An initially mild sensation of burning, itching, or warmth during treatment
Numbness or tingling during treatment
Irritation of treated skin during treatment of leg ulcers
Allergic reactions, which may be serious, and can in rare cases develop into anaphylactic shock, showing symptoms such as skin rash, swelling, fever, difficulty swallowing or breathing, fainting
Methaemoglobinaemia, which is a blood disorder, this may be more common in infants
Small dot-shaped bleeding on the treated area, particularly in children with eczema during longer treatment times
Irritation of eyes
If you experience these or any side effects while using this product, stop use and speak to your doctor or Chemist 4 U pharmacist right away. For more information about reporting the side effects of medication, please see the MHRA’s Yellow Card Scheme.
How to store this product
Store in a cool, dry place which is below 30 degrees C. Store in the original packaging, do not use if the expiry date printed on the packaging has passed. Keep out of sight and reach of children.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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