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A 40-year-old member asked:

How can i get emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream 5%?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Ask doctor: Ask your doctor. It's a prescription. That's the only way to get it legally in the U.S.
Dr. Troy Gras
Anesthesiology 22 years experience
By prescription: Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream is available by prescription only in the United States. It is sold over-the-counter in some countries. Some internet vendors sell numbing creams over-the-counter, but I am unsure of the legality of this practice.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Has anybody used emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream before.?

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Dr. Einar Ottestad
Pain Management 20 years experience
Anesthetic: Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) is a mixture of Lidocaine and prilocaine, two local anesthetics, used for skin anesthesia prior to procedures like IV start or injections. I mostly use it for kids.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How effective is emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream for injection pain?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
Moderately: It helps but takes quite a while to work.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the generic OTC emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream called?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Karelis
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Lidocaine–Prilocaine: Lidocaine 2.5% – prilocaine 2.5%. If you ask your pharmacist for "emla cream" they can direct you.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream effective?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
For what?: Elma is a topical local anesthetic that aids in reducing the pain of IV placement.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Does emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream prevent a lidocaine injection from hurting?

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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
It can: Topical analgesia with Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) can help reduce the pain of any injection.

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