EMLA is a topical cream used to treat premature ejaculation (PE). It is applied on the penis to numb the sensation to make the man last longer.

EMLA is applied 15 minutes before sex and then washed off to avoid your partner also losing sensation and unable to enjoy intercourse.

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EMLA® cream 25mg 5g to 30g tube From £11.99

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Medication Quantity Price
EMLA cream 25mg 5g tube £11.99
EMLA cream 25mg 30g tube £24.99

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EMLA cream is a surface anaesthetic cream, which works by blocking pain receptors on the applied surface. It contains prilocaine and lidocaine as active ingredients, and stands for Eutectic Mixture of Local Anaesthetics (EMLA). It is oil-based and is often used as a treatment option for premature ejaculation by males, allowing longer periods of sexual interaction.

Mechanism of Action

Lidocaine and Prilocaine work as an anaesthetic by numbing the applied surface. This reduces the levels of sensitivity and pain reflexes in the area. When applied on the penile region, this causes a reduction in the sensitivity levels of penis. Due to reduction in sensitivity, the user can delay sexual climax and increase sexual intercourse period. This results in timely ejaculation and solves the problem of ejaculating prematurely.

Treatment Option for Premature Ejaculation

Premature ejaculation is one of the common woes of middle-aged men that can affect them due to external factors. This causes men to experience a drop in their self-esteem and lose confidence in their relationships. This leads to problems in marital lives and relationships. Men who suffer from premature ejaculation then seek out treatment options for their problem, and EMLA cream is one of them.

EMLA cream Dosage

The dosage of EMLA cream relies on the surface area. The general rule is to apply 2.5g of EMLA cream on 20 to 25cm2 of skin surface. For genital areas, 1g of EMLA cream should be applied on the surface area of 10cm2 for fifteen minutes. Standard recommendation for penile head area application is 25mg.

How to Apply EMLA cream?

In order to use the lidocaine cream for better sexual experience, it should be applied on the penile head at least twenty minutes before commencing any sexual activity. The amount used should be moderate and excess should be wiped away. Make sure the cream is absorbed before the intercourse so that it does not irritate your female partner. For better protection, condom should be used on top. However, the user should be aware that the cream will make condom more susceptible to wear and tear. For this reason, two condoms should be used just in case.

EMLA Numbing Cream Contraindication

EMLA cream can cause potential side effects if used with certain medications. Care should be taken if the user is under any of the following drugs:
  1. EMLA cream can increase risk of potential side effects of Succinylcholine-based medications if used in combination.
  2. The risk of side effects, blood problems and other potential health risks becomes greater if EMLA cream is used with any of the medicines containing sulphonamide, quinine, primaquine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, phenacetin, para-amino-salicylic acid, pamaquine, nitroprusside, nitrofurantoin, nitrites, nitrates, naphthalene, dapsone, chloroquine, benzocaine, aniline, acetanilide or acetaminophen.
  3. Toxic effects and side effect risks increase in patients using cardiac medicines based on beta-blockers or antiarrhythmic medicines. Side effects also increase if the patient is already using any lidocaine or prilocaine based medicines.

Common Side Effects

Common side effects of the cream are skin-related due to its topical nature. The side effects may include redness or swelling at the site of application, discolouration or paleness, feeling of hot or cold sensations, burning, itching or a rash. It is very important not to scratch the treated skin, because the site is numb, and you might end up damaging your skin without feeling it.


Before using EMLA cream, it is necessary to consult a healthcare provider. After the healthcare provider allows the usage of the cream, its topical application should also be considered carefully. Before applying any cream, the concerned area should be dried and washed clean. The thick layer of cream should be applied lightly and not rubbed on the skin. Moreover, the cream should be used only on unbroken and normal skin. Application on damaged skin can cause dangerous side effects. Hands should be washed immediately after usage.

Important Safety Information

EMLA cream is used as an anaesthetic; it is necessary to keep the skin safe from injury and extreme temperatures. The dosage should not be used more than necessary, and should never be orally ingested. In case of swallowing the cream, contact the emergency room or poison control centre immediately. EMLA cream should also be used with precaution in the elderly, and around women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

The active ingredients in Emla contains the local anaesthetics lidocaine and prilocaine.

Emla Cream Side Effects

Allergic reactions to Emla Cream are possible. Seek emergency medical assistance if you have any of these symptoms: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat.

Serious side effects of Emla Cream include burning or stinging sensation and sensitivity in area applied; swelling or redness, sudden dizziness or fatigue, bruising of skin, unusual temperature sensations, involuntary eye movement, increased blood sugar levels and increased levels of methemoglobin in the blood.

Less serious Emla Cream side effects are mild burning sensation and redness or changes in skin colour where applied.

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Emla Cream – 5g & Pre-medication packs

Emla Cream – 30g