Emla Side Effects
Generic name: lidocaine / prilocaine topical
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 15, 2023.
Note: This document contains side effect information about lidocaine / prilocaine topical. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Emla.
Applies to lidocaine/prilocaine topical: topical application cream. Other dosage forms:
Serious side effects of Emla
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking lidocaine / prilocaine topical:
- difficulty with swallowing
- large, hive-like swellings on the eyelids, face, lips, tongue, or genitals
- severe dizziness or feeling faint
- skin rash, itching, or hives
- stuffy nose
- tightness in the chest
- troubled breathing
Incidence not known
- Blisters on the skin at application site
- blue or blue-purple color of lips, fingernails, mouth, or skin
- blurred or double vision
- dark urine
- dizziness or drowsiness
- feeling hot, cold, or numb
- irregular or fast heartbeat
- muscle twitching or trembling
- ringing or buzzing in the ears
- unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
- unusual tiredness or weakness
Other side effects of Emla
Some side effects of lidocaine / prilocaine topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Burning, swelling, itching, or skin rash at application site
- white or red skin at the application site
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to lidocaine / prilocaine topical: mucous membrane gel, topical cream, topical film, topical kit.
Local side effects have included erythema, edema, and abnormal sensation. Local effects observed in the trials of the cream on intact skin have included paleness (37%), erythema (30%), alterations in temperature sensations (7%), edema (6%), itching (2%), and rash (<1%). The most commonly reported local side effects in clinical studies on genital mucous membranes were redness (21%), burning sensation (17%), and edema (10%).[Ref]
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1. Product Information. Emla (lidocaine-prilocaine topical). Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals. 2022.
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