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Emla Cream (Lidocaine / Prilocane)

Also Known as Emla Surgpack

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Emla Cream is a prescription topical skin numbing cream that works to desensitize skin and prevent experiencing pain during certain types of procedures. Shortly after applying Emla 5% cream and rubbing it into the skin the person will temporarily lose feeling and have numbness in their epidermal skin. Common Emla cream uses are to prevent pain from needle injections, skin grafts, or skin laser surgery. Emla is also used to numb skin before getting a tattoo or as a sexual aid to help men prevent premature ejaculation.

You can buy Emla cream with a prescription at your local pharmacy, and your best price on Emla cream generic will be when you order medication online from Canada and Canpharm.

Fact Table
Formula C27H42N4O2
License EU EMA
Bioavailability 3%
Legal status RX Only
Chemical Name Lidocaine/Prilocaine
Elimination half-life 65-150 minutes
Dosage (Strength) 5 grams (1 tube), 30 grams (1 tube or 10 tubes)
Pregnancy Consult a doctor
Brands Emla Cream
Protein binding 70%
PubChem CID 9911821
MedlinePlus -
ATC code None
DrugBank -
KEGG D02740
Routes of administration Topical

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Apply moderate amount of Emla 5% to treatment area and rub into skin until fully absorbed. 2-3 minutes will be required for skin numbing to take effect.

Repeat as necessary.


The active ingredients in Emla numbing cream are Lidocaine and Prilocaine.


Let your doctor know if you have any history of heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or methemoglobinemia (blood disorder) before using Emla cream.

Using Emla may not be advisable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult with your doctor.


Negative drug interaction risks are possible between Emla and other Rx medications, including sotalol, amiodarone, bretylium, mexiletine, and phenytoin. Let your doctor know of all medications you are currently taking before getting a prescription and going to buy Emla numbing cream.

Side Effects

Side effects from using Emla cream may occur, and some people may experience redness, swelling, tingling or burning, or lightening of the skin. If these side effects are seen, you may want to stop use and speak to your doctor again regarding skin desensitizing medication alternatives.

Frequently Asked Questions about Emla Cream

Is Emla Cream available over-the-counter (OTC)?

Emla Cream is typically available by prescription, although its availability may vary by region. Consult your healthcare provider to determine if a prescription is required in your area.

How long does Emla Cream's numbing effect last?

The duration of Emla Cream's numbing effect varies depending on factors such as the thickness of the applied layer and the specific procedure. Generally, it lasts for about 1 to 2 hours. Follow your healthcare provider's recommendations for the appropriate application time.

Can I use Emla Cream on children?

Emla Cream can be used on children, but the recommended age varies by procedure and healthcare provider guidelines. Consult your healthcare provider for specific guidance regarding pediatric use.

Can I use Emla Cream on my face?

Emla Cream is suitable for use on the face, but exercise caution to avoid contact with the eyes, nose, and mouth. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions for facial application.

How do I apply Emla Cream for a tattoo session?

For tattoo sessions, apply a thick layer of Emla Cream to the area where you will be tattooed and cover it with an occlusive dressing, if advised. Wait for the recommended time (typically 1 hour) before the tattoo procedure begins.

Can I use Emla Cream if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your healthcare provider before using Emla Cream to assess potential risks and benefits.

Is Emla Cream safe for people with allergies?

Inform your healthcare provider of any allergies you have before using Emla Cream. While it is generally well-tolerated, individual reactions may vary.

Can I drive after using Emla Cream?

Emla Cream may cause temporary numbness at the application site. It's advisable to wait until the numbing effect has worn off completely before driving or operating machinery to ensure your safety.

Can I use Emla Cream for laser hair removal?

Emla Cream is commonly used for laser hair removal to minimize discomfort. Follow the directions provided by your healthcare provider or the clinic where the procedure is performed.

What should I do if I accidentally ingest Emla Cream?

If Emla Cream is ingested accidentally, seek immediate medical attention or contact a poison control center. Avoid causing vomiting unless specifically instructed by a medical expert.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.