Emla Cream 5% 5g
Emla Cream 5% 5g
If you're nervous about your upcoming minor medical procedure, or simply not a big fan of needles, this numbing cream will reduce your pain. EMLA Cream contains two active substances - lidocaine and prilocaine - that belong to a group of medicines called local anaesthetics. It works by numbing the surface of the skin for a short time and is used to prevent pain on the skin during certain medical procedures, such as needle injections, minor skin operations, genital injections, and cleansing or removal of damaged skin of leg ulcers.
- Emla Cream 5% 5g is designed to numb skin for a short period of time so you feel less pain during minor medical procedures
- Contains two local anaesthetics, lidocaine and prilocaine, which combine to numb the surface of your skin
- Ideal for injections or minor procedures
- Use before giving blood, wart removal, having a cannula inserted or getting a tattoo
- Numbing effects last for up to 2 hours
- Suitable for children and ideal for those scared of needles
What is the active ingredient in EMLA Cream and how does it work?
EMLA Cream contains two active substances, lidocaine and prilocaine, which belong to the group of medicines known as local anaesthetics. When applied to the skin before medical procedures, EMLA Cream works by numbing the surface of the skin for a short time, helping to prevent pain during the procedure. Although the cream can numb the skin, patients may still feel pressure or touch.
Who can use EMLA Cream?
EMLA Cream can be used by adults, adolescents, and children.
How long can I use Emla cream after opening the pack?
Emla cream is sterile until opened and does not contain any preservatives, which means that it should not be used beyond 28 days of first opening. It is also important to note that the opened pack should not be used by more than one person.
How long does the numbing effect of EMLA cream last after it's been applied?
After being applied at least an hour before the procedure, the numbing effect of EMLA cream usually lasts for a minimum of 2 hours once it has been removed, though the duration may be shorter if it's being used on the face. It's worth noting that when using EMLA cream on the face, the numbing effect can occur more quickly, taking around 30 to 60 minutes to take effect.
Can EMLA cream be used before getting a tattoo?
Yes, EMLA cream is specifically indicated for use before needle procedures, including tattoos that involve needles being applied to the skin. It is recommended to apply Emla about an hour before the tattoo procedure for optimal effect.
How can EMLA cream help with my fear of needles?
By reducing the pain and discomfort associated with needles, EMLA Cream can help create a more comfortable experience and potentially reduce the fear and anxiety associated with needles.
Lidocaine, prilocaine, macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate, Carbomer 974P, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
Usage and Instructions
First, make sure the area of skin to be anaesthetised is clean and dry. Shave the area prior to application if necessary.
Squeeze half a 5g tube of cream (about 2g) onto the procedure site, approximately the size of a 50p coin.
Take one of the occlusive dressings and remove the centre cut-out piece. Peel the protective paper away from the underside. Cover the Emla cream with the dressing so that you get a thick layer underneath and press down the edges firmly to avoid leakages. Do not spread out the cream.
Remove the paper frame. Emla must be applied at least one hour before the procedure and can be left in place for up to five hours for adults and four hours for children. The longer the cream stays on, the better the anaesthetic effect!
When ready for use, remove the dressing and wipe off excess cream with a tissue.
Please make sure an appropriate dressing is used to cover the skin to maximise the absorption, and leave on the skin surface for adequate time (usually 60 minutes) ahead of the needle procedure.
You can also ask your pharmacist to advise you on how much to use and where to apply. Please ensure the needle procedure is performed within the following four hours, but preferably as soon as possible after removal of the excess cream.
Wash your hands after applying the cream, unless your hands are the area being treated.
Avoid contact with your eyes. If you accidentally get the cream in your eyes, rinse well with lukewarm water or saline solution and protect the eye until sensation returns.
If you are planning to use this product before getting a tattoo, speak to your doctor to check its right for you, and let your tattoo artist know you're planning to use the cream so they can make adjustments accordingly.
Do not use this product on cuts, grazes and wounds (excluding leg ulcers), near skin irritation or eczema, near your eyes or genitals.
If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor before using this product.
There are some side effects associated with this product, however they are usually mild and don't happen to everyone.
The side effects for this product include: paleness, redness or swelling of the skin at the application site.