What is Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine) used for?
Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine) is a topical anesthetic used to numb the skin prior to medical procedures such as injections of local anesthetic or minor skin surgery. The medication operates by blocking nerve impulses at the area of application to prevent pain signals from being transmitted to the brain. Your physician may also prescribe it for other unlisted purposes.
How should I use Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine)?
Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine) should be used according to the instructions provided by your physician and those included with the packaging to get the best results from treatment. Rinse the area being treated before application to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a thin layer of medicine to the skin and gently massage it into the skin. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water after each application to prevent the medication from contacting areas not being treated or the mucous membranes. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the cream to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine)?
The use of Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine) may cause side effects in some patients such as:
Stop using the medicine and contact your physician immediately if you experience severe swelling, intense burning sensations, dizziness following application, unusual feelings of heat or cold, sensitive skin, or increased bruising. It may be necessary to lower your frequency of administration to prevent further health problems from occurring.
Never apply Emla (Lignocaine/Prilocaine) to skin that is broken or severely damaged. Do not begin use of the medicine if you are allergic to amide anesthetics or if the patient being treated is a baby under twelve months old. Also inform your physician if you have widespread eczema, anemia, methemoglobinemia, G6PD deficiency, or an irregular heartbeat as these conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment.
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 an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.