Worried about needles?

Ease the pain of needle procedures
with Emla numbing cream.

Worried about needles?

Ease the pain of needle procedures with Emla numbing cream.

Why Emla & medical needle procedures?

Needles can hurt. Whether it’s for a blood test, a vaccination or a series of injections, consider using Emla to numb the pain of needles. Especially if you’re among the 20% of adults and children in UK population that has a fear or phobia of needles.

As a trusted numbing cream, Emla has been available in the UK for more than 20 years. You can buy Emla without prescription from your local pharmacy or UK-registered online pharmacies.

Licensed to numb for over 20 years

What can I use Emla for?

Injections

Blood tests

Cannula (drip) insertions

Vaccinations

Buy Emla for your next medical needle procedure

Ready to try Emla numbing cream? You can buy Emla from your local pharmacy or UK-registered online pharmacies here.

Buy Emla for your next medical needle procedure

Ready to try Emla numbing cream? You can buy Emla from your local pharmacy or UK-registered online pharmacies here.

Step 1 (of 4)

Select the right Emla pack for your needs. Emla cream comes in two tube sizes: 5g or 30g.

Step 2 (of 4)

The 5g tube of Emla covers an area of skin about 4cm x 5cm, so it should be enough for up to two applications.

Step 3 (of 4)

If in doubt, check where the needle(s) will be going in – your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can advise

Step 4 (of 4)

Emla cream needs adequate time to numb the skin, so make sure you leave yourself enough time to apply Emla ahead of your appointment. Emla usually takes about 1 hour to get to work, but it may be quicker (approx. 30-60 mins) on the face.

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When applying Emla

Step 1 (of 3)

Make sure the area of the skin to be numbed is clean and dry.

Step 2 (of 3)

Squeeze the Emla cream onto the right area. For a single injection, you will probably need about 2g of Emla cream, or half of a 5g tube. Don’t rub in cream, as you will need a thick layer to help Emla’s numbing effect

Step 3 (of 3)

Cover the Emla cream with a suitable air-tight, water-tight dressing (known as an “occlusive” dressing), so the active ingredients absorb into the skin and do not get wiped off. Some packs of Emla cream contain suitable dressings.

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After applying Emla

Step 1 (of 2)

Just before your procedure, your nurse, doctor or pharmacist will remove the dressing and wipe off the excess cream.

Step 2 (of 2)

After removal of the cream, Emla’s numbing effect usually lasts at least two hours. However, this time may be shorter if you’re using Emla on your face

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Patient Information Leaflet

For more information on how to apply Emla, download the full patient information leaflet.

FAQs

Get answers to the most common questions about Emla numbing cream.

Emla & kids

Need something to ease your child’s pain for their upcoming jabs? Try Emla numbing cream

UK-LIDP-00036. November 2019