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OverviewOther known brand namesAbout Emla creamKey facts of Emla creamWho is Emla cream not suitable for?How and where to get Emla cream?Dosage and strength for Emla cream for premature ejaculationInformation about how to use Emla cream for premature ejaculationWhat happens if you use too much Emla cream?What are the side effects of Emla cream?Information about using Emla cream at the same time as other medications or herbal supplementsCan Emla cream used for premature ejaculation be used long term?Is there a herbal Emla cream?Can women use Emla cream?Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking Emla cream?What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with premature ejaculation?Alternatives to Emla creamSourcesPeople also asked
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Nulbia, LMX4

About Emla cream

Emla numbing cream contains two active substances, lidocaine and prilocaine, which are classed as local anaesthetics. Together they have a numbing effect on the skin for a short time, which provides pain relief during medical procedures such as blood tests and needle procedures.

Emla cream can also be used to:

  • Numb the skin before having a wart removed
  • Cleanse or remove damaged skin caused by leg ulcers
  • Numb the skin when having a tattoo
  • Numb the sensitive area on the head of your penis to reduce sensitivity and prolong time until ejaculation. This is an off label use, meaning it is being used to treat a condition other than what it was licensed to treat

Now Patient offers Emla cream as a treatment for premature ejaculation only, following an online consultation with a prescribing clinician.

Key facts of Emla cream

  • For the treatment of premature ejaculation
  • Emla cream can take 30 to 60 minutes to have a numbing effect
  • Emla cream has some common side effects which include local skin reactions on the genital area
  • It can be dangerous if you use Emla cream with certain medications. If you’re not sure if it is safe, discuss this with the prescribing clinician

Who is Emla cream not suitable for?

Emla cream may not be suitable for some people. To make sure it’s safe for you, speak to the prescribing clinician before using Emla cream if you:

  • Are allergic to the active ingredients lidocaine or prilocaine, or the inactive ingredients, such as macrogolglycerol hydroxystearate, sodium hydroxide or purified water
  • Have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency
  • Have methaemoglobinaemia
  • Have a skin rash, cut, grazes or other open wounds
  • Have skin conditions such as atopic dermatitis
  • Take medication for heart rhythm disorders such as amiodarone

How and where to get Emla cream?

Emla cream is available from a number of sources. It is available on prescription or over the counter at a pharmacy.

Now Patient does not allow customers to buy Emla cream directly. Our service is certified, safe and effective, and we only ever treat conditions. If you book a consultation with a prescribing clinician for the treatment of premature ejaculation, you can discuss if Emla cream is a suitable treatment option for you.

At the end of the consultation, the clinician will decide if a treatment plan is suitable for you. If it is, the clinician will issue you with a prescription which can then be ordered, paid for and delivered directly to your chosen address by Now Patient.

Dosage and strength for Emla cream for premature ejaculation

Emla cream is available in 5g tubes and 30g tubes, containing 25mg/g of lidocaine and 25mg/g of prilocaine.

Information about how to use Emla cream for premature ejaculation

Emla cream is applied to the sensitive area of skin on the head of your penis to reduce skin sensitivity and prolong the time to ejaculation. Read the patient information leaflet provided with your medication or speak to a healthcare professional for further information.

What happens if you use too much Emla cream?

If you use more than prescribed, then it can lead to some unpleasant side effects. You should talk to your doctor or reach out to one of our prescribing clinicians, if you have used too much Emla cream and experience any of the following side effects:

What are the side effects of Emla cream?

Side effects of Emla cream are split into common and serious.

Common side effects include:

  • Paleness or redness of the skin
  • Burning, itching or warmth at the treated area
  • Slight swelling of the skin
  • Tingling sensation
  • Skin irritation
  • Small dot-shaped bleeding (more common on children with eczema, after prolonged application times)

Serious side effects include:

  • Methaemoglobinaemia (more common in newborn infants and infants aged up to 12 months)
  • Low blood pressure

If you experience any serious side effects, you should contact NHS 111.

If you experience a serious allergic reaction with the signs shown below you should contact emergency services on 999.

  • Your lips, mouth, throat or tongue suddenly become swollen
  • You’re breathing very fast or struggling to breathe (you may become very wheezy or feel like you’re choking or gasping for air)
  • Your throat feels tight or you’re struggling to swallow
  • Your skin, tongue or lips turn blue, grey or pale (if you have black or brown skin, this may be easier to see on the palms of your hands or soles of your feet)
  • You suddenly become very confused, drowsy or dizzy
  • Someone faints and cannot be woken up

Always report adverse effects to the MHRA yellow card reporting system. You can read more about this here How and where do I report side effects of my medication? – NowPatient

Information about using Emla cream at the same time as other medications or herbal supplements

There is not enough evidence to suggest there are any drug interactions between herbal supplements and Emla cream. In any event, you should let your prescribing clinician know if you are taking any herbal supplements.

Can Emla cream used for premature ejaculation be used long term?

Emla cream usually lasts for at least 2 hours once it is removed. Speak to your healthcare provider if you are considering using Emla cream long term.

Is there a herbal Emla cream?

No. Herbal Emla cream does not exist. If you have been marketed such a formulation, it may be fake.

Can women use Emla cream?

Women can use Emla cream to numb the skin for minor medical procedures. Lidocaine passes into breast milk. It is not known if prilocaine passes into breast milk. Speak to your doctor before breast-feeding.

Should I avoid any particular food or drink when taking Emla cream?

You can eat and drink normally when using Emla cream.

What lifestyle changes can I make to help me with premature ejaculation?

If you are suffering with premature ejaculation, you may try:

  • Masturbating 1 to 2 hours before sex
  • Use a thick condom to reduce sensitivity
  • Taking a deep breath to temporarily stop the ejaculation

Alternatives to Emla cream

Alternatives for the treatment of premature ejaculation include LMX4, Denela, and Nulbia.

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