What is Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine) used for?
Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine) is a topical cream, used as a local anesthetic. It contains 2 active ingredients, both of which are amide-type local anesthetics. This cream is applied to unbroken skin or the outside of the penis or vagina, to reduce or prevent pain from surgical procedures, such as inserting a medical instrument, administering an injection, skin grafts, removal of genital warts or other procedures. This cream works by temporarily numbing the skin.
How should I use Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine)?
Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine) is applied only to normal skin or the genital area. It should never be applied to skin that is broken or open wounds. This cream is usually applied 1 hour prior to injections or insertion of medical instruments, or else 2 hours before skin procedures. Your physician may wish to apply it before carrying out the procedure. Your skin may remain numb for a number of hours after the procedure. Patients should be careful not to injure the skin during this time.
What are the side effects of Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine)?
Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine) may cause side effects, such as:
You should inform your physician if you notice any side effects.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.