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Can someone tell me how long will emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream 5g (5%) numb the surface of the skin for?

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Dr. Lewis Margolis answered

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Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream applied topically takes 30-60 minutes to work, and lasts for 1 to 2 hours. It is frequently used to aid in intravenous insertion in children.

Answered Jun 25, 2014

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Dr. Stefan Hariskov answered

Specializes in Anesthesiology

It depends where on the skin but it usually takes about 20-30 mins for most effective numbness to be achieved.

Answered Sep 15, 2015

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