A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.
What is Emla cream?
Emla cream can be used to temporarily numb the surface of the skin. It contains two active ingredients: lidocaine (25mg/g) and prilocaine (25mg/g). Lidocaine and prilocaine prevent pain signals passing from nerves in the skin to the brain and so numb the skin.
What is Emla cream used for?
Emla cream can be used in men to prevent premature ejaculation. The cream works by desensitising the penis and glans, helping men to last longer in bed. Emla cream does not affect orgasm intensity. The product is also used by doctors and nurses to numb areas that would otherwise feel pain, for example in the case of injections and stitches. Emla cream can also be used as an anaesthetic for tattoo procedures.
How to use Emla cream
It takes some time for Emla cream to take effect. When applied to the skin, it takes about half an hour to an hour for the anaesthetic to work. The absorption qualities of mucous membranes are higher. So the cream works much faster (within 5 to 10 minutes) when applied to, for example, the glans. If you are using the cream to prevent premature ejaculation, apply the product thinly to (the head of) the penis right before lovemaking. Do not apply Emla cream to broken skin.
For numbing the skin for minor medical procedures, follow the dosage as listed in the package leaflet. For preventing premature ejaculation, start with a very small amount the size of a pea. If this does not produce the desired result, apply a little more next time. If the cream is too strong, try using less.
Emla cream generally has few side effects, but in rare cases it may cause:
- Redness, paleness or swelling of the skin at the application site;
- Mild burning, itching, tingling or warm sensation at the application site.
See the package leaflet for more information on possible side effects.
When not to use Emla cream
Emla cream is not suitable for everyone. Do not use this product if you are allergic to lidocaine, prilocaine or any other ingredient in it. Consult your doctor if you have a rare blood disorder. Emla cream may interact with other medicines. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with, so be sure to tell the doctor what other medicines you are currently taking. See the package leaflet for more information on contraindications, interactions and warnings.
Never use Emla cream without consulting your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Emla cream does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.