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

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
3 doctors agree

In brief: Moderately

It helps but takes quite a while to work.

In brief: Moderately

It helps but takes quite a while to work.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not effective

To be effective, EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) should remain in contact with the skin under an occlusive dressing for at least one hour. Use local anesthetic (e.
g. Lidocaine, Mepivacaine, Septocaine) for local infiltration. Talk to your health provider for side effects and allergies. Good luck.

In brief: Not effective

To be effective, EMLA (lidocaine and prilocaine) should remain in contact with the skin under an occlusive dressing for at least one hour. Use local anesthetic (e.
g. Lidocaine, Mepivacaine, Septocaine) for local infiltration. Talk to your health provider for side effects and allergies. Good luck.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology

In brief: Not much

Despite the ads from this drug maker and salespersons, this drug is not very effective and nearly worthless except as a placebo.
When you think about it, that only makes sense. The skin is a barrier to water, oil, bacteria, air, dirt, and more. Why would good skin let this drug through easily? In practice, it makes injections worse for some by focusing their attention on the injection site.

In brief: Not much

Despite the ads from this drug maker and salespersons, this drug is not very effective and nearly worthless except as a placebo.
When you think about it, that only makes sense. The skin is a barrier to water, oil, bacteria, air, dirt, and more. Why would good skin let this drug through easily? In practice, it makes injections worse for some by focusing their attention on the injection site.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
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Dr. Peter Nefcy
And this drug does not affect the pain of injection below the first layers of skin. A good Doctor will calm you and talk you through almost any injection with less pain.
Dr. William Jenkins
Anesthesiology

In brief: Effective

if used properly, takes time, and won't help with deeper structures if involved

In brief: Effective

if used properly, takes time, and won't help with deeper structures if involved
Dr. William Jenkins
Dr. William Jenkins
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
I never bother with it. Properly done, most injections are not difficult. The important thing is to distract and relax the patient. Jokes work better than Emla.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Waste of time and money
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