Information about Prilocaine

Prilocaine Uses

Prilocaine is used for local anesthesia.

How Prilocaine works

Prilocaine is a local anesthetic. It works by blocking the transmission of pain signals from the nerves to the brain. This helps to decrease the sensation of pain.

Common side effects of Prilocaine

Numbness, Slow heart rate, Common cold, Decreased blood pressure, High blood pressure, Nausea, Flushing (sense of warmth in the face, ears, neck and trunk), Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Vomiting, Dizziness
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Expert advice for Prilocaine

  • Prilocaine is for topical use only. Do not apply near the eyes or on open wounds.
  • Do not apply cream to larger areas or for longer times than those recommended.
  • The effect of prilocaine may increase for up to 3 hours under occlusive dressing and may persist for 1 to 2 hours even after removal of the cream.
  • Avoid contact with the eyes. In case of contact, wash eyes liberally with water.

Frequently asked questions for Prilocaine


Q. What is Prilocaine?

Prilocaine is a type of local anesthetic that is usually used in combination with other medicines. It is used to numb an area before a minor surgical or medical procedure.

Q. How does Prilocaine work?

Prilocaine works by blocking the nerve signals in the area it is applied, thereby numbing the area temporarily.

Q. Is Prilocaine stronger than lidocaine?

Prilocaine is similar to lidocaine but does not cause vasodilation and has lower CNS toxicity.

Q. Can Prilocaine be used for hemorrhoids?

Yes. Prilocaine is used in combination with other medicines to relieve minor pain, itching, swelling, and discomfort caused by hemorrhoids and other problems of the anal area (e.g., anal fissures, itching). It numbs the area being treated and provides temporary relief from the symptoms of hemorrhoids.


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