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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.
Dr. Jenni Ramsey
Pharmacy 17 years experience
Yes : Yes, Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) is effective. Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) is a cream containing Lidocaine and prilocaine which are both local anesthetics. Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream is applied to the skin about 30 minutes before a shot or injection or even sometimes before a tattoo and helps prevent pain.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

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

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 28 years experience
Moderately: It helps but takes quite a while to work.
A 29-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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 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.
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:

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

4 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
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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