Medications


Diethyltoluamide, DEET skin spray

What is this medicine?

DIETHYLTOLUAMIDE (dahy-eth-uhl-tol-yoo-uh-mahyd) is used as an insect repellant.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • changes in emotions or mood

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • pain, redness, or irritation at site where applied

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

This medicine is flammable. Avoid exposure to heat, fire, flame, and smoking.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • skin conditions or sensitivity

  • an unusual allergic reaction to diethyltoluamide, DEET, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservative

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.


NOTE:This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. Copyright© 2018 Elsevier
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