EMLA Cream (lidocaine 2.5% and prilocaine 2.5%) is a topical anesthetic which causes a temporary loss of feeling or numbness of the skin. It numbs the skin and decreases the sensation of pain.
EMLA Cream should be applied 1 hour before a shot or needle procedure. Satisfactory numbing of the skin occurs 1 hour after application, reaches a maximum at 2 to 3 hours (1 hour for children less than 3 months), and lasts for 1 to 2 hours after removal.
Please read Package insert carefully for Precautions.
EMLA Cream must be applied two hours before the procedure to the area that the doctor plans to treat.
Before applying EMLA Cream, wash the skin in the area that the doctor plans to treat with warm soapy water and a wash cloth. Rub the skin gently for a few minutes with the wash cloth to remove all dirt and oil from the skin.
The cream should be applied very thick (about 1\4 inch thick) to the site of the procedure. You also need to apply the cream to the skin 1/2 inch past the area to be treated.
Cover the area with saran-wrap being careful not to press on the cream in order for it to remain thick. Secure the edges of saran-wrap with medical tape to avoid leakage.