Generic Name: Prilocaine

  • What is Emla?

    Emla is a topical medicine (applied to the skin surface) used to prevent local pain prior to minor surgery.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Emla?

    Emla can block all sensations in the skin area where it was applied. You should avoid trauma to the treated area by scratching, rubbing, or exposure to extreme hot or cold temperatures until complete sensation has returned.

    Do not use Emla near your eyes or on open wounds. If eye contact occurs, immediately wash out your eye with water and protect your eye until sensation occurs.

  • Who should not take Emla?

    Do not use Emla if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Emla?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Emla. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver disease, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (lack of an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of red blood cells), history of heart disease, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will determine the appropriate dose for you.

  • How should I take Emla?

    Your doctor will apply Emla cream to your skin prior to your scheduled procedure. Your doctor might also give instructions to you or your caregiver on how to apply Emla cream.

  • What should I avoid while taking Emla?

    Do not use Emla near your eyes, ears, or on open wounds.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Emla?

    If Emla is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Emla: medications known as anti-arrhythmics (such as amiodarone, bretylium, sotalol, or dofetilide)

  • What are the possible side effects of Emla?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions (such as rash), change in temperature sensation, itching, pale skin, rash, redness, swelling

  • Can I receive Emla if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Emla during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Emla?

    Emla should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Emla?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.