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EMLA Numbing Cream (With Dressings)

5g, 5x5g


EMLA Cream 5%, 5g Tube (No Dressings) is used to ease the pain of needle procedures, including injections, immunisations, blood tests and cannula insertions, and cosmetic skin procedures.

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What is ELMA Cream Used For?

EMLA Cream – 5g Tube (No Dressings) is suitable if you plan to use EMLA occasionally and if you only need to numb a small area of skin (e.g. for immunisations or blood tests). A 5g tube is typically enough for two applications of Emla Cream. Dressings are not included so if you choose this pack, you will need to obtain suitable dressings to cover the cream.

Elma cream is perfect for children when it comes to their first inoculations and vaccinations. This product is safe for infants and makes the experience less unpleasant.

Other Uses for ELMA Cream?

As well as numbing you before blood tests, injections and inoculations, Elma Cream can be used for tattoos and tattoo removal.

How does Emla Numbing Cream Work?

Emla Cream contains prilocaine and lidocaine, two active ingredients that help numb the skin for at least two hours.

When Emla cream is applied to the skin, the lidocaine and prilocaine help prevent pain signals passing from that area to the brain thus helping to ease the pain otherwise caused by needles or minor cosmetic skin procedures.

What is Emla Numbing Cream Used For?

  • It can be used to numb the skin before needle procedures such as injections, vaccinations, blood tests and cannula insertions.
  • It can be used prior to cosmetic skin procedures involving needles or lasers e.g. tattoo application and laser hair removal.
  • It can be used with children of any age (from full-time birth) prior to needle procedures, including childhood immunisations to reduce pain and make it less distressing for you or your child when visiting a doctor. (Note: if using for a child less than 1-year-old, you must remove the cream after one hour)

Uses / Instructions

  1. Make sure that the area of the skin to be anaesthetised is clean and dry. Shave the area prior to application if necessary. Squeeze half a 5g tube of Emla cream (about 2g) onto the procedure site, over an area the size of a 50p coin. For more specific instructions, depending on age, part of the body or procedures, usage timings may be as little as 10 minutes, see the pack leaflet.
  2. Take one of the occlusive dressings and remove the centre cut-out piece. Peel the protective paper away from the underside. Cover the Emla cream with the dressing so that you get a thick layer underneath. Do not spread out the cream. Press down the edges firmly to avoid leakage.
  3. Remove the paper frame. Write the time of application onto the dressing. Emla must be applied at least one hour before the procedure and can be left in place for up to five hours for adults and four hours for children. The longer the cream stays on, the better the anaesthetic effect.
  4. When ready for use, remove the dressing and wipe off excess cream with a tissue.

Please make sure an appropriate occlusive dressing is used to cover the skin to maximise the absorption, and leave on the skin surface for adequate time (usually 60 minutes) ahead of the needle procedure. You can also ask your pharmacist to advise you on how much to use and where to apply.  Please ensure the needle procedure is performed within the following four hours, but preferably as soon as possible after removal of the excess cream.


  • Carefully follow the instructions supplied with the cream.
  • Wash your hands after applying the cream, unless your hands are the area being treated.
  • Take care to avoid contact of Emla Cream with the eyes, as this could numb the eye and prevent its protective reflexes, resulting in irritation. If you accidentally get the cream in your eyes, rinse well with lukewarm water or saline solution and protect the eye until sensation returns.

Side Effects

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

• Transient local skin reactions (paleness, redness, swelling) in the treated area during treatment of
skin, genital mucosa or leg ulcers.
• An initially mild sensation of burning, itching or warmth at the treated area during treatment of
genital mucosa or leg ulcers.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

• An initially mild sensation of burning, itching or warmth at the treated area during treatment of
the skin).
• Numbness (tingling) in the treated area during treatment of genital mucosa.
• Irritation of the treated skin during treatment of leg ulcers.

See patient information leaflet for more details.


Emla Cream 5% contains the active ingredients Prilocaine and Lidocaine.

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Pack Size

5g, 5x5g


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