EMLA cream

EMLA (eutectic mixture of local anesthetics) is a topical medicine that helps to numb the immediate area of the body where it is applied by blocking nerve signals.

The cream can be used to numb an area before a variety of procedures, such as before inserting a needle into a vein.

Last Updated: January 28, 2010

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & John M. Freedman, MD - Anesthesiology

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