Emla Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Be careful to avoid injury to the treated area while it is numb and you are not aware of pain. Avoid scratching, rubbing, or exposing the treated area to hot or cold temperatures until complete sensation has returned. The numb feeling will wear off a few hours after applying the cream.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
difficulty with swallowing
large, hive-like swellings on the eyelids, face, lips, or tongue
severe dizziness or feeling faint
shortness of breath
tightness in the chest
Incidence not known
Blisters on skin at application site
blue or blue-purple color of lips, fingernails, mouth, or skin
blurred or double vision
dizziness or drowsiness
feeling hot, cold, or numb
irregular or fast heartbeat
muscle twitching or trembling
nausea or vomiting
ringing or buzzing in the ears
shortness of breath or troubled breathing
unusual excitement, nervousness, or restlessness
unusual tiredness or weakness
Some side effects 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
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.