EMLA Cream 5% - 30g

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What is EMLA Surgical Cream 5% - 30g? 

EMLA Surgical Cream is used to numb the skin before minor surgical procedures. It works by numbing the surface of the skin for a short period of time to prevent pain. It can be used before a variety of medical procedures including injections.


How to use this product

Always use EMLA Surgical Cream exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as your doctor / Chemist4U pharmacist has told you. The intended use of this cream will determine the dosage and how long to leave the cream on the skin. Doctor or nurse supervision should be in place when using this product on leg ulcers. If you are applying the cream yourself, you must acquire dressings from a medical professional to use with this product. 


For use on the skin before minor procedures:

  • Apply the cream to the area specified by a doctor or nurse in a thick layer.
  • The usual dose for this application is 2g for 1-5 hours under a dressing. 


For use before hospital procedures: 

  • For skin that requires deeper skin anaesthesia, the usual dose is 1.5g-2g of cream for each area of skin that is 10cm² in size for 1-5 hours under a dressing.


For use on children before small procedures:


  • Newborn infants and infants under the age of 3 months, apply up to 1g of cream on a skin area no larger than 10cm². Application time: 1 hour, no more - only one single dose should be given in any 24 hour period.
  • Children aged 3-12 months, apply up to 2g of cream on a total skin area less than 20cm² - maximum time of application is 5 hours.
  • Children aged 1-6 years , apply up to 10g of cream on an area that is smaller than 200cm² - maximum time of application is 5 hours.


A maximum of 2 does at least 12 hours apart may be administered to children over the age of 3 months in any 24 hour period. 


Application method

It is very important to apply the cream exactly as instructed. Squeeze the cream into a mound where it is required on your skin. 1g of EMLA cream should be squeezed out of the tube, approximately 3.5cm. Do not rub the cream into the skin. Use a dressing supplied by your doctor or healthcare professional to keep the EMLA cream in place.


What is a local anaesthetic?

Local anaesthesia is where an area of the body is numbed before a medical procedure to prevent pain and discomfort. It’s achieved by using a medication called a local anaesthetic and unlike general anaesthetic, it does not cause you to become unconscious, so it’s useful for minor surgical procedures. Using a local anaesthetic does not require any specific preparation before use and has a quicker recovery time compared with general anaesthetic.


Local anaesthetic works by preventing the nerves in the area of the body where it has been applied from sending signals to the brain. This causes the area to feel numb which prevents feelings of pain, but you may still be able to feel pressure and movement. Local anaesthetics only take a short period of time to work (usually a few minutes) and full sensation of the area should return when the medication has worn off, which can take a couple of hours. 


Is EMLA Surgical Cream 5% - 30g suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women? 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, you must ask your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist for advice before using any new products. 


When should this product not be used? 

EMLA Surgical Cream may be unsuitable for certain people. Do not use this cream if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Do not apply this product to areas with skin rash, cuts, grazes or other open wounds, with the exception of a leg ulcer. If any of these problems are present, seek advice from your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before using this product. 


Talk to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before using this cream if you have any of the following: 


  • Have a rare inherited illness that affects the blood (known as glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency)
  • Have a problem with blood pigment levels
  • Have atopic dermatitis 
  • Take products for heart rhythm disorders


Speak to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse, if you are using or taking, have recently used or taken or may use any other medicines, as EMLA Surgical Cream can affect the way some medicines work and can be affected by other medicines. It is important that you seek advice before using this product if you are taking any of the following medicines:

  • Medicines used to treat infections
  • Medicines used to treat epilepsy
  • Other local anaesthetics
  • Medicines to treat an uneven heartbeat, such as amiodarone, cimetidine or beta-blockers, which may cause an increase in the blood levels of lidocaine


Are there any side effects? 

Like all medicines, EMLA Surgical Cream may cause side effects in some people, but these won’t affect everybody. Seek emergency medical attention if you notice any signs of a severe allergic reaction, symptoms of which include swelling of the face and throat, skin rash, breathing difficulties and/or loss of consciousness. 


A mild reaction (paleness or redness of the skin, slight puffiness, initial burning or itching) around the area where the cream has been applied. This is a normal reaction to the cream and will disappear in a short while without the need for any further measures. Common side effects of this medicine include:


  • Transient local skin reactions during treatment
  • An initially mild sensation of burning, itching or warmth around the treated area. 


If you experience side effects that are uncomfortable or troublesome, discontinue use and seek advice from your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist.


For more information on potential side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet. If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.


Storage information

Store in a cool, dry place out of sight and reach of children. Do not use after the expiry date, referring to the last day of the month stated on the packaging. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.


Important information

This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk

If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.

Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.

Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.

Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.


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  • The active substances are lidocaine and prilocaine. Each gram of cream contains 25 mg of lidocaine and 25 mg of prilocaine. 

    The other ingredients are macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate, Carbomer 974P, sodium hydroxide and purified water

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EMLA Cream 5% - 30g Reviews

Lloyd Goldsmith,
Product offers minimal numbing for laser tattoo removal, may be more suitable for less painful treatments.
Geoffrey Jones,
As expected
Paul spackman,
Good quality product
Karen Fox,
Numbs my hand at times needed after recent surgery
Mr Birch,
Great for tattoos