Emla (Topical)

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Topical usage on rabbits for blood draws.

We would like to use EMLA cream for blood draws on rabbits in a research setting. We would use this to draw blood from the artery. Is there any contraindications for this use? Would this work for pain, and would it decrease blood flow?
by Liane in US, 08/02/2006

Emla cream

What is the maximum dose of Emla that can be used safely in an adult??? Thanks
by Laura in USA, 10/05/2006

Emla (Topical) Drug and Prescription Information

Emla (Topical)

Emla (Topical) Medication Classification


Emla (Topical) Brandname


Emla (Topical) is used for the Treatment

Lidocaine (LYE-doe-kane), Prilocaine (PRIL-oh-kane) Relieves pain. This medicine is also used before a medical procedure to numb your skin. This medicine is a topical anesthetic.

When To Not Use Emla (Topical)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to lidocaine, prilocaine, dibucaine, or any other topical anesthetic.

How Should You Use Emla (Topical)

Cream, Thin Sheet

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine comes with patient instructions. Read and follow these instructions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Apply a thick layer of the cream to your skin and cover with the special dressing that comes with the medicine. If this medicine is being used on a baby or child, you should place another dressing on top of the first one to help prevent your child from moving the medicine, or getting it on other body areas.
  • Remove the disc patch from its pouch and apply it to your skin over the affected area.
  • If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

Proper Emla (Topical) Storage

Store Emla (Topical) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Emla (Topical) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Emla (Topical)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using acetaminophen, acetanilid, aniline dyes, benzocaine, chloroquine, dapsone, or naphthalene. Tell your doctor if you use nitrofurantoin, nitroglycerin, nitroprusside, pamaquine, para-aminosalicylic acid, phenacetin, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primaquine, quinine, or a sulfonamide.
  • Tell your doctor if you are also using a medicine to treat abnormal heart rhythm such as flecainide (Tambocor®), mexiletine (Mexitil®), propafenone (Rythmol®), quinidine (Cardioquin®, Quinaglute®, Quinidex®), or tocainide (Tonocard®).

Emla (Topical) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, have a history of liver disease, or if you have a blood-iron disorder called methemoglobinemia.
  • Do not use this medicine on a baby under 12 months old unless your child's doctor tells you to. If your baby is under 3 months old, your baby's blood should be monitored before, during, and after using this medicine.
  • This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, ears, or mouth. Do not use on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
  • Do not use this medicine for a skin problem that has not been checked by your doctor.
  • This medicine will numb your skin so you should be careful that you do not injure the treated area. Avoid scratching or rubbing your skin, and extreme hot or cold temperatures until your skin is back to normal.

Emla (Topical) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Confusion, dizziness, sleepiness, or light-headedness.
  • Loss of color in your face or lips.
  • Skin turns a blue color around your mouth, fingers, or toes.
  • Tremor or seizure.
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Mild burning, itching, or rash.
  • Pale or red skin and swelling in areas where the medicine was applied.

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