How to apply Emla
It’s simple to apply Emla cream.
To ensure correct and effective use of Emla, please follow the Emla cream instructions as shown below.
Squeeze the Emla cream in a thick layer to where it’s needed on your skin (for example where the needle is going to be put in). The Emla cream should be applied to a circular area with a diameter of about 18 mm (a 1 pence coin) and depth of about 5 mm. This is equal to about 2g of cream. The dose may differ depending on age, body area and procedure. Do not rub the cream in.
Peel the ‘centre cut-out’ and paper layer from the dressing. Then place the dressing carefully over the mound of Emla cream. Do not spread the cream under the dressing. Remove the plastic backing. Smooth down the edges of the dressing carefully. Write the time of application onto the dressing.
Leave it in place for at least 60 minutes. The application time may depend on age, part of the body or procedure. Your doctor or nurse will take the dressing off and remove the Emla cream just before they do the medical procedure (for example just before the needle is put in).
Please ensure the needle procedure is performed within the following four hours, but preferably as soon as possible after removal of the excess cream.
*For more specific instructions, depending on age, part of the body or procedures, please refer to pack leaflet.
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Essential Information: Emla is a topical anaesthetic cream containing a tried and trusted formula of lidocaine and prilocaine that can help numb needle pain.1 Apply 60 minutes* before the procedure. *This time may need to be adjusted depending on age, body area and procedure. Available from your local pharmacist without prescription, Emla costs £5.10 (RRP) for a two-dose pack and includes two occlusive dressings. Always read the leaflet.
Emla is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies
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