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Emla Patches (Lidocaine/Prilocaine)and/or alternatives
Emla 2.5%/2.5% from $3.68 USD/patchEmla 2.5%/2.5%
Manufactured by: AstraZeneca Canada Inc
Product of Canada. Shipped from CanadaRxPrescription Required
General Information on EMLA Patch
EMLA Patch is a dermal anesthetic which consists of lidocaine 2.5% and prilocaine 2.5%. It numbs the skin so that there is no pain during the administration of an injectable drug. EMLA is the abbreviation for Eutectic Mixture of Local Anesthetics and is mostly used in small children who are receiving immune shots.
The two main ingredients of EMLA patch, lidocaine and prilocaine, are used as topical anesthesia and are used to curb pain associated with blood sampling, intravenous catheter insertion, minor surgical procedures, and laser hair removal..
Side effects of EMLA Patch
EMLA patch causes a temporary loss of sensation in the skin, and though otherwise harmless, it can cause side effects if it is not used as recommended. Some of the serious side effects that surface due to an overdose of EMLA patch include numbness of the tongue, drowsiness, lightheadedness or dizziness, vomiting, weakness, fainting, headache, confusion, nervousness, excessive sweating, slow heartbeat, hearing or sight problems, seizures, respiratory problems, and brownish tinge of the skin around the nails and lips.
EMLA patch can lead to mild side effects like puffiness of the skin, prolonged numbness of the skin, burning or itching, and redness of the skin. Allergic reactions are very rare.
In rare cases, EMLA Patch can also affect oxygen levels in the blood, which consequently increases the levels of methemoglobin in the blood. This condition is referred to as methemoglobinemia and is responsible for grayish or brownish color of the skin around the fingernails, toenails, and lips. If these symptoms become apparent, the patient is advised to contact a doctor immediately.
You should always buy EMLA patch only as prescribed, and the patch must be applied by your doctor or a certified medical professional. A single patch should not be shared by multiple users as conditions like skin irritations and rashes can spread from one patient to another. You also need to inform your doctor if your child is suffering from methemoglobinemia prior to using the EMLA patch. The patch should not be applied on infants who are less than 3 months of age unless otherwise instructed by a doctor.
EMLA Patch Dosage
You may buy EMLA patch with a strength of 1g. The number of EMLA patches to be applied varies as per the age of a child. A single EMLA 1g patch is mostly used for infants between the ages of 3-12 months, and it should be left on the skin for an hour. The maximum permissible time for keeping the patch on the skin is 4 hours. For children between 1-6 years, two EMLA 1g patches can be applied and should remain on the skin for 1 hour. The maximum permissible time for wearing the patch in this case is 5 hours, and maximum number of patches that can be applied is 10. For children between 7-12 years of age, one or more patches can be applied, with the maximum permissible time being 5 hours, and the maximum number of patches being 20.
EMLA Patch contains polyoxyethylene hydrogenated castor oil, carboxypolymethylene, and sodium hydroxide apart from lidocaine and prilocaine and is not known to have severe interactions with any drugs. However, it should not be applied on broken skin, open wounds, or areas affected by dermatitis. It should also not be used along with antiarrhythmic drugs or other forms of anesthesia.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have the comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo comparative testing to ensure that they are the same as their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain comparable active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must be comparable in strength and dosage to the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically comparable. They may look different, and be called something different, but they are required to be have the same active ingredient.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
The two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.