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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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