Skin & lifestyle
Emla cream is an anaesthetic cream which can be applied to the skin and mucous membranes. Doctors prescribe Emla cream for the treatment of premature ejaculation. It is also used as an anaesthetic for the care of wounds and minor medical procedures. The active ingredients are lidocaine and prilocaine.
Medically reviewed by A.H. Kevenaar on December 17, 2018
Emla cream is used to treat sexual problems – specifically premature ejaculation. This occurs when a man ejaculates faster than he and/or his partner find desirable.
Emla cream is also prescribed to reduce pain during skin procedures, such as wound care and wart removal.
Emla anaesthetic cream can also be used to numb the site of an injection or skin puncture.
Emla cream numbs the skin and mucous membranes. The active ingredients are prilocaine and lidocaine. Both substances are painkillers which temporarily numb the skin and mucous membranes, reducing the chances of premature ejaculation.
Emla cream is made by AstraZeneca BV, but is also available in generic (unbranded) form.
To prevent premature ejaculation, Emla cream should be applied to the penis for 5 to 10 minutes and removed before sexual contact. The numbing effect of lidocaine and prilocaine, the active ingredients in Emla cream, lasts for around two hours.
Always remember that condoms can be weakened and may tear more easily.
When used for surgery, the cream should be applied 1 to 5 hours in advance for skin procedures, 30 minutes to an hour for the care of open wounds, and 5 minutes to an hour for mucous membrane procedures. Cover the skin with cling film.
Emla cream is only available on prescription.
Buying alternative brands of this cream offered at low prices by unauthorised suppliers is not recommended. The quality of such creams cannot be guaranteed. Moreover, they may contain harmful substances and thus pose a danger.