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Feel more comfortable when getting injections with this fast-acting desensitising cream.

Emla Cream 5% - 5g

What is Emla 5% Cream?

Emla Cream is a topical local anaesthetic used for a number of purposes and procedures. Emla cream contains the active ingredients lignocaine and prilocaine, both of which are numbing agents.

How does Emla 5% Cream work?

As numbing medications, the active ingredients in Emla Cream work by altering the way signals are conducted in neurons. Usually, the nerves on your skin will send signals to your brain when they’re touched. This is how we experience pain.

When Emla Cream is applied, the process that allows these signals to be sent becomes blocked - reducing or stopping the pain from being felt during various medical or cosmetic procedures.

What is Emla 5% Cream used for?

The treatment is used to numb the skin for a variety of purposes and procedures, both in medical environments and other settings. Generally speaking, most people who use Emla Cream do so to help their children feel more comfortable when getting injections, vaccinations and other medical procedures involving needles or canulas.

How long does Emla Cream take to work?

The cream works quite quickly. It should start to numb the affected area in around 30-60 minutes. The more you use, the more it numbs the area.

How long does Emla Cream last?

The numbing effect of Emla Cream usually lasts at least two hours. It can be left on the skin for up to five hours. The longer it is left, the longer the numbing effect will last.

Who can use Emla Cream?

Most adults and children can use Emla Cream. But it isn’t suitable for everyone. Inform 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 need to use the cream
  • You or your child have the rare inherited conditions porphyria, methaemoglobinaemia or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency

Does Emla Cream have any side effects?

For most people, Emla Cream is very safe and doesn’t produce side effects. For those who do experience side effects, they’re usually mild and nothing to worry about. They include:

  • Itching or tingling in the applied area
  • Pale skin with red spots or mild swelling in the applied area

In very rare cases, some people may have an allergic reaction to Emla Cream. Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • You get a skin rash including itchy, red, blistered, swollen or peeling skin
  • You have trouble breathing
  • You start wheezing
  • Your chest or throat feels tight
  • Your mouth, face, lips tongue or throat start to swell

 Information Leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.

Important: We advise you to always read the patient information leaflet inside the medication box, as the generic medication may not always entirely match the patient information leaflet listed. Please contact us if you have any questions.

What is Emla 5% Cream?

Emla Cream is a topical local anaesthetic used for a number of purposes and procedures. Emla cream contains the active ingredients lignocaine and prilocaine, both of which are numbing agents.

How does Emla 5% Cream work?

As numbing medications, the active ingredients in Emla Cream work by altering the way signals are conducted in neurons. Usually, the nerves on your skin will send signals to your brain when they’re touched. This is how we experience pain.

When Emla Cream is applied, the process that allows these signals to be sent becomes blocked - reducing or stopping the pain from being felt during various medical or cosmetic procedures.

What is Emla 5% Cream used for?

The treatment is used to numb the skin for a variety of purposes and procedures, both in medical environments and other settings. Generally speaking, most people who use Emla Cream do so to help their children feel more comfortable when getting injections, vaccinations and other medical procedures involving needles or canulas.

How long does Emla Cream take to work?

The cream works quite quickly. It should start to numb the affected area in around 30-60 minutes. The more you use, the more it numbs the area.

How long does Emla Cream last?

The numbing effect of Emla Cream usually lasts at least two hours. It can be left on the skin for up to five hours. The longer it is left, the longer the numbing effect will last.

Who can use Emla Cream?

Most adults and children can use Emla Cream. But it isn’t suitable for everyone. Inform 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 need to use the cream
  • You or your child have the rare inherited conditions porphyria, methaemoglobinaemia or glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency

Does Emla Cream have any side effects?

For most people, Emla Cream is very safe and doesn’t produce side effects. For those who do experience side effects, they’re usually mild and nothing to worry about. They include:

  • Itching or tingling in the applied area
  • Pale skin with red spots or mild swelling in the applied area

In very rare cases, some people may have an allergic reaction to Emla Cream. Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • You get a skin rash including itchy, red, blistered, swollen or peeling skin
  • You have trouble breathing
  • You start wheezing
  • Your chest or throat feels tight
  • Your mouth, face, lips tongue or throat start to swell

 Information Leaflet

Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.

Important: We advise you to always read the patient information leaflet inside the medication box, as the generic medication may not always entirely match the patient information leaflet listed. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Written and reviewed by our qualified team

GPhC Number: 2088658

Carolina Goncalves

Authored by:

Carolina Goncalves
Superintendent
Pharmacist

GPhC Number: 2225869

Rehma Gill

Reviewed by:

Rehma Gill
Pharmacy
Manager

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Content last updated: 19 Jun 2023

EMLA Cream 5% Reviews

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It is excellent in what it does. Just by leaving the cream on the skin for fifteen minutes, you do not feel any pain.


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Very quick delivery. Saved my ears when my son went for a blood test


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"Relief"

Product Review:

Prompt delivery. Product excellent and provided much needed skin relief. Highly recommended.

Service Review:

Excellent delivery.


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Product Review:

Excellent


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"Pharmica dispatch so quickly"

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very fast dispatch and great prices.

Service Review:

Pharmica dispatch so quickly! next day. amazing service


Reviewed on Feefo
"Pleased"

Product Review:

Swift and reasonable

Service Review:

Very good


Reviewed on Feefo
"Numbing cream good for tattoo"

Product Review:

Always fast delivery, use this cream as I have fear of needles

Service Review:

Be ordering more future


Reviewed on Feefo

Product Review:

Product was everything I needed it to be. Will order again

Service Review:

Nice quick delivery, hassle free


Reviewed on Feefo
"Top Tier Service as Always!"

Product Review:

Used a small amount of this product so far to make sure there's no allergies & it's all gone well so far.

Service Review:

As always Pharmica does not disappoint. My treatment arrived promptly at my Local Post office for collection plus the goods are all packaged discreetly. No complaints here!!!


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"Discreet"

Product Review:

As advertised on the website the product was delivered in a day and done the job it was intended for

Service Review:

So much easier than trying to get hold of the doctor and gets delivered to your door. very easy to use


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With our discreet packaging you can order in confidence.

We never use our brand name on bills, delivery papers or your bank statement.

All our packages are completely plain, without any details of what’s inside or who has sent it.

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