EMLA CREAM (Lidocaine / Prilocaine Topical)
EMLA CREAM (Lidocaine / Prilocaine Topical)
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Why is Emla prescribed?
Prilocaine and Lidocaine (Emla) cream is prescribed to induce analgesia (inability to feel pain) before surgery or medical procedures. It can also be used to numb an area before administering a Lidocaine injection for stronger pain relief.
What does it do?
Emla cream is used on normal intact skin or mucous membranes of the genitals. Emla belongs to a drug class called local anesthetics and it works by inhibiting nerve signals and causing temporary numbness in the area being treated.
How should I apply it?
Emla and its generic equivalents are currently available as a 2.5/2.5% cream which is intended to be applied externally onto the skin.
Wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling the medication. Apply the smallest amount possible for numbing the skin to prevent absorbing too much of the medication. Do not apply Emla cream onto cuts or irritated skin. Do not use bandages or coverings to cover the area unless instructed by your doctor. Always follow your doctor’s instructions when using the medication.
The dosage strength depends on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only use this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The desired effects of prescribed medications will only be achieved if used properly. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. If you miss a dose, consult your doctor for instructions.
What are the special precautions before applying Emla?
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, your current and previous medical history, and any allergic reactions to Emla or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Exercise caution when using Emla cream in elderly patients to prevent exacerbations of the effects of the medication, leading to symptoms such as dizziness.
For the drug label information of Emla, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
It is important to note that all drugs have corresponding side effects and adverse reactions. Additional information may be obtained when you ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Common side effects include:
- Mild burning sensation
- Skin color changes
- Serious side effects include:
- Blurred vision
- Bruising on the skin
- Irregular heartbeats
- Severe burning or stinging on the application site
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden dizziness or drowsiness after application
- Swelling or redness
Is it safe to use it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when taken with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are using Emla with any of the following medications:
- Aminosalicylic acid
- Amyl nitrite
- Bactrim DS
- Isosorbide mononitrate
- Nitric oxide
- Silver nitrate
- Silver sulfadiazine
- Sodium nitrite
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Store Emla in its container in a clean environment away from excessive heat and moisture.
What action should I take in case of overdose?
Call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
Present data suggest that the use of Emla in pregnant women has not established its developmental risks.
There is also limited data on the presence of Emla in human milk or its effects on the breastfed infant. Hence, the potential risks and benefits of using Emla in pregnant or breastfeeding women should be carefully considered.
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