Topical pain reduction comparison
I’ve limited this comparison to a short list recommended topicals. Here’s a longer list of available topical anesthetics.
A pain medication which works perfectly for one consumer may not work at all for another.
I make absolutely no guarantee that any product mentioned in this section will work for you or will work better or worse for you than another product.
For details, see my Pain management intro page.
Keeping the disclaimer above in mind, I consider ELA-Max 5 and EMLA as your two best options overall.
Purchasing information for topicals
Topical anesthesia brands: pros and cons
|Brand||Active ingredient (%)|
|Ametop gel||tetracaine (4%)|
|Betacaine cream||lidocaine, prilocaine|
|ELA-Max cream||lidocaine (4%)|
|ELA-Max 5 cream||lidocaine (5%)|
|EMLA cream||lidocaine (2.5%), prilocaine (2.5%)|
|Mento-kaine liquid||benzocaine (20%), phenol, camphor, menthol|
|Stud spray||lidocaine (9.6%)|
|Brand||Rx||Unit||Price*||Unit cost*||Works in||Lasts||Cover||in US||Effectiveness|
|Ametop||1.5 g tube|