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Emla 5% Cream (5g)

Order before 4pm for delivery from Wed. 18 Jul.

Description for Emla 5% Cream

Emla cream contains two local anaesthetics that cause the area to become desensitised or numb. By applying it to the sensitive area on the head of your penis it can help to reduce sensitivity and prolong the time until ejaculation. Buy Emla cream online for premature ejaculation, for professional advice and fast, discreet delivery.

Product Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: 2

  • Pregnancy: N/A

    Breastfeeding: N/A

Emla Cream is available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help to treat premature ejaculation (PE) in men. To find out more about PE and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Premature Ejaculation page.

Emla Cream is a local anaesthetic that is applied topically. Local anaesthetics help to numb an area, reducing its ability to feel sensation. It contains two active ingredients; Lidocaine and Prilocaine. Each gram of Emla cream contains 25mg of Lidocaine and 25mg of Prilocaine. Emla Cream is manufactured by AstraZeneca. Emla Cream has a variety of anaesthetic uses , including being prescribed to help men who suffer from premature ejaculation.

Lidocaine and Prilocaine work by temporarily interrupting the pathway of signals along the nerves. By restricting certain chemicals from entering the nerve endings at the site of application, Emla Cream can prevent certain signals from being passed along the nerve fibres. This means the brain doesn’t receive these signals and therefore cannot interpret them as sensations. This means that Emla cream reduces feeling in the penis and therefore helps to delay ejaculation due to reduced sensitivity.

EMLA Cream is normally prescribed to temporarily numb small areas of the skin before minor surgical procedures, however, it can also be prescribed 'off-label' to treat premature ejaculation by applying directly to the tip of the penis.

Click here to read studies on the effectiveness of EMLA Cream in treating PE 'off label'. 'Off label' means that the medicine is being used to treat a condition other than those that it was initially licensed to treat. For example, EMLA Cream is licensed to temporarily numb small areas of the skin before minor surgical procedures. This means that there is less established data regarding the effectiveness of this treatment for the condition which it is prescribed and means that the instructions contained in the product information leaflet will not match the condition you are treating. You should always follow the instructions on the dispensing label on your medicine and contact us if you have any questions.

It is important to note that Emla Cream is oil based, which means it can weaken latex condoms leading to a heightened risk of them splitting. Wiping any excess cream from your penis, prior to putting the condom on, should minimise this risk. However, if you are still concerned and want to be extra safe, it is advised to either use two condoms or seek an alternative form of contraception.

Pharmacist Tip: Apply 1g of Emla cream to the head of the penis at least 15 – 20 minutes before sex. Ensure you remove all the cream before sex as it can make your partner numb and damage condoms if left on. Take care not to leave Emla cream on for too long, you don’t want to be completely numb.

  • Masturbating a few hours before you have sex may help to decrease the sensitivity of your penis during sex.
  • Using a thick or ‘extra safe’ condom during sex may help to reduce sensitivity and prolong time before ejaculation.

Non-Medicinal Alternatives for Premature Ejaculation

  • Behavioural Techniques- This is usually taught by sexual therapists. 
  • Psychological Techniques- Counselling can often help men to gain control.
  • Reduce Penis Sensitivity- Use a thicker or numbing condom, such as Durex Extended Pleasure or Pasante Delay condoms.
*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.
  • It is important you do not follow the instructions on the Patient Information Leaflet with this product; it gives instructions for different uses of Emla cream.
  • Pull back the foreskin and apply a pea-sized amount of Emla cream to the underside of the head and neck of the penis.
  • Leave the cream for 15 – 30 minutes before sex.
  • Ensure you remove all the cream before having sex as it can be transferred to your partner and reduce their sensitivity.
  • Emla cream is unaffected by food and alcohol, and is suitable for use with condoms.

If you do experience side effects from Emla cream they may include redness, tingling, swelling or paleness of the skin. If you experience any of these side effects they should not last long. Emla cream also has a small risk of itching or burning sensation. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.

If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let us know immediately. Please log in to your online account and message one of our healthcare professionals or alternatively call us on 0117 971 1603. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.

  • The active substances in Emla cream are lidocaine and prilocaine. Each gram of Emla contains 25 mg of lidocaine and 25 mg of prilocaine.
  • The other ingredients are polyoxyethylene hydrogenated castor oil, Carbomer 974P, sodium hydroxide and purified water.

Do not use Emla cream if:

  • You are anaemic (a blood problem which means you have too few red blood cells).
  • You have a rare inherited illness that affects the blood called ‘glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency’.
  • You have a problem with blood pigment levels called ‘methaemoglobinaemia’.
  • You have a skin condition called ‘atopic dermatitis’. This is because the cream may need to be put on the skin for a shorter time.

Do not use Emla cream if you have recently used or been given any of the following medicines:

  • Medicines called ‘sulphonamides’ such as sulfamethoxazole.
  • Other local anaesthetics.
  • Medicines to treat an uneven heart beat, such as mexiletine or amiodarone.

Emla cream should help to reduce the sensitivity of the penis, however its effectiveness can vary. If you find that Emla cream was not as effective as you would like first time, try spreading it over a larger area. Do not use more than a pea-sized amount and never leave it in place for more than 30 minutes. Leaving Emla cream on for too long can cause complete numbness and can prevent you from achieving an erection.


We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2/3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1/2 day delivery - £4.45
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 1pm) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 1pm - £10.45

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail. We always aim to dispatch all orders received before 4pm the same working day. Any orders received after 4pm or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders can be fully tracked in your account.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 5.30pm the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 5.30pm to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 5.30pm to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.



We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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