Lidocaine / prilocaine topical Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Warnings

Lidocaine / prilocaine topical is also known as: Emla, Emla Anesthetic Disc, Oraqix

Lidocaine / prilocaine topical Pregnancy Warnings

In a study, the effect of prilocaine on pre- and postnatal development was examined in rats treated with up to 2.8 times the maximum recommended human dose of prilocaine in lidocaine-prilocaine gel from day 6 of gestation to weaning. There was no evidence of altered postnatal development, viability, or reproductive capacity in any offspring.

Lidocaine-prilocaine topical cream has been assigned to pregnancy category B by the FDA. Animal studies have failed to reveal evidence of impaired fertility or fetal harm. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Lidocaine-prilocaine topical cream is only recommended for use during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.

Lidocaine / prilocaine topical Breastfeeding Warnings

Lidocaine, and probably prilocaine, are excreted into human milk. Following application of the cream to a nursing mother, the milk:plasma ratio of lidocaine is 0.4 and is not determined for prilocaine. The manufacturer recommends that caution be used when administering lidocaine-prilocaine topical cream to nursing women.

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