Emla 5% Cream is a commonly used topical medication for numbing the skin before certain medical procedures or treatments, such as injections or minor surgical procedures. It contains two active ingredients, lidocaine and prilocaine, both at a concentration of 2.5%.
- Dosage: The amount of Emla Cream needed depends on the size of the area to be numbed. Your healthcare provider will determine the appropriate amount. Typically, a thick layer of cream is applied to the skin.
- Application Time: The cream is typically applied to the skin at least 1-2 hours before the planned procedure. It is important to follow your GP’s instructions regarding application time.
- Covering: In most cases, after applying Emla Cream, it should be covered with an occlusive dressing (such as plastic wrap) to enhance its effectiveness.
- Duration: Leave the cream on the skin for the duration specified by your healthcare provider, usually until just before the procedure begins.
- Each gram of Emla 5% Cream contains:
- Lidocaine (2.5%)
- Prilocaine (2.5%)
- Use as Directed: Use Emla 5% Cream strictly according to the prescribed dosage and application instructions provided by your GP. Do not exceed the recommended amount or duration.
- Allergic Reactions: Discontinue use and seek medical advice if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as skin rash, itching, swelling, or difficulty breathing.
- Avoid Contact with Eyes and Mucous Membranes: Do not apply Emla Cream to the eyes, mucous membranes, or open wounds.
- Children: Emla Cream is suitable for use in children when prescribed by a healthcare provider.
- Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Consult a GP before using Emla Cream if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
- Storage: Store the cream in a cool, dry place, out of the reach of children. Ensure the tube cap is securely closed when not in use.
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