What Pliaglis is used for and how to use it
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Pliaglis - Consumer Medicine Information

Manufacture: Galderma Laboratories
Country: France
Condition: Local Anesthesia
Class: Topical anesthetics
Form: Cream, gel, liniment or balm, lotion, ointment, etc
Ingredients: Lidocaine, Tetracaine, Calcium Hydrogen Phosphate Anhydrous, Purified Water, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Paraffin White Soft, Sorbitan Monopalmitate, Methyl Parahydroxybenzoate (E218) And Propyl Parahydroxybenzoate (E216)

What Pliaglis Is and What It Is Used For

Pliaglis is a cream containing local anaesthetics, lidocaine and tetracaine which are used to numb an area of skin before a painful procedure such as needle insertion or laser treatments.

What You Need to Know Before You Use Pliaglis

Do not Use Pliaglis

  • if you are allergic to lidocaine or tetracaine, any similar local anaesthetics or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
  • if you know that you are allergic to para-aminobenzoic acid (sometimes called PABA), a substance that is made when your body breaks down tetracaine, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) or propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216)
  • on broken or irritated skin
  • on mucous surfaces such as your mouth

Warnings and Precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Pliaglis

  • if you have problems with your liver, kidney or heart
  • if you are very ill or physically weak as you may be more sensitive to Pliaglis

Take care to avoid contact with the eyes. If Pliaglis comes into contact with your eye, immediately rinse your eye with water or salt solution and protect it until feeling returns.

Pliaglis should not be applied for a longer time than recommended.

Once Pliaglis has been removed, your skin will feel numb. Take care not to scratch or rub the numbed area or touch very hot or cold surfaces until the numbness has stopped as you could accidently damage the skin.

Children and Adolescents

Do not give this medicine to children and adolescents aged up to 18 years because the safety and efficacy have not been established.

Other Medicines and Pliaglis

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken, or might take any other medicines.

The risk of side effects increases if Pliaglis is used at the same time as other medicines, e.g.:

  • some medicines for treatment of heart conditions such as quinidine, disopyramide, tocainide, mexiletine and amidarone,
  • medicines known to induce methemoglobinemia such as: fonamides, naphthalene, nitrates and nitrites, nitrofurantoin, nitroglycerin, nitroprusside, pamaquine, and quinine,
  • other medicines containing lidocaine and / or tetracaine.

Pliaglis with Food and Drink

You can use Pliaglis either before or after eating or drinking

Pregnancy and Breast-feeding

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.


Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using Pliaglis during pregnancy.


Breastfeeding can continue while using Pliaglis as long as you do not apply Pliaglis on your breast.

Driving and Using Machines

Pliaglis has no or negligible influence on your ability to drive and use machines.

Pliaglis contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216).

May cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).

How to Use Pliaglis

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.

Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

The recommended dose is approximately 1.3 g of cream per 10 cm2.

Pliaglis is for single patient use.

Pliaglis should only be applied to dry, intact skin.

Do NOT apply Pliaglis on your face yourself.

Application of Pliaglis on your face should only be done by your physician.

Pliaglis has to be spread evenly and thinly (approximately 1 mm thickness) across the area to be treated (as determined by your doctor) using a flat-surfaced tool such as a metal spatula or tongue depressor. Pliaglis should never be applied with fingers.

Do not cover the treated area with an occlusive dressing.

Do not touch the cream with your fingers.

Take care to avoid contact with the eyes. If Pliaglis comes into contact with your eye, immediately rinse your eye with water or salt solution and protect it until feeling returns.

The cream should be left to dry for 30 to 60 minutes depending on the procedure, as determined by your doctor.

After waiting for the required application time the dried cream will have formed a soft peel on your skin. Pliaglis can be removed by grasping a free-edge of the peel and pulling it away from the skin.

The peel should be carefully disposed of immediately after removal (see Section 5 for more information on how to dispose the peel).

Wipe with a compress (such as a tissue or cotton wool) any remaining peel residue from the area.

Hands should be washed immediately after removing and disposal of the peel.

If You Use More Pliaglis Than You Should

The maximum application area should not exceed 400cm2 (no more than two 30g tubes should be used). If too much Pliaglis is used you should tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

If you think the amount of Pliaglis is too little, tell your doctor immediately.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Possible Side Effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Most side effects happen where the cream has been placed on the skin. They are generally mild, only last for a short time and usually go away after the end of treatment.

The two medicines that make up Pliaglis (lidocaine and tetracaine) may cause allergic (anaphylactoid) reactions such as skin rash, swelling and breathing difficulties. If you experience any of these side effects, you must remove Pliaglis immediately and contact a doctor.

Most of these side effects occurred on the site of application.

Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people

  • Redness of the skin
  • Skin discolouration

Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people

  • Swelling of the skin

Uncommon side effects: may affect up to 1 in 100 people

  • Itchy skin
  • Pain or pain of skin

Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people

  • Pallor of the skin
  • Skin burning sensation
  • Swelling of the face
  • Peeling of the skin
  • Skin irritation
  • Tingling feeling
  • Swelling of the eyelid

Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data

  • Urticaria

Reporting of Sde Effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below). By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

United Kingdom

Yellow Card Scheme

Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard


HPRA Pharmacovigilance
Earlsfort Terrace
IRL - Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 6764971

Fax: +353 1 6762517

Website: www.hpra.ie


How to Store Pliaglis

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the tube and carton after “EXP”. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month

Pliaglis should be stored in a refrigerator (2°C -8°C).

Once removed from the refrigerator, store Pliaglis below 25°C for a maximum of 3 months. Do not refrigerate again. Do not freeze. It is recommended that the date of removal from the refrigerator is noted on the packaging.

Shelf life after first opening: 3 months.

Do not use Pliaglis if you notice the packaging is damaged in any way.

Dispose of waste peel with care, since the waste peel contains concentrated quantities of the ingredients. To help protect the environment, do not flush waste peel down the toilet. Waste peel should be put in a closed container, such as a plastic bag.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

Contents of the Pack and Other Information

What Pliaglis Contains

  • The active substances are lidocaine and tetracaine; 1 gram of cream contains: 70 mg lidocaine and 70 mg tetracaine.
  • The other ingredients are calcium hydrogen phosphate anhydrous, purified water, polyvinyl alcohol, paraffin white soft, sorbitan monopalmitate, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216).

What Pliaglis Looks Like and Contents of the Pack

This medicinal product is presented as a white to off white cream.

It will come in a 15 or 30 g tube with a screw cap packed in a cardboard carton.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Marketing Authorisation Holder

Galderma (UK) Ltd
Meridien House
69-71 Clarendon Road
WD17 1DS

Product Licence Number: PL 10590/0059 (UK) & PA 590/26/1 (IRE)


Laboratoires Galderma
Z.I. – Montdésir
74 540 Alby-sur-Chéran

This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following names: