1 What is Diethyltoluamide?

Brand: Diethyltoluamide

Generic: Diethyltoluamide

Diethyltoluamide is an insect repellent used to keep away insects. This product is effective against mosquitoes, biting flies (gnats, sandflies, deer flies, stable flies, black flies), ticks, harvest mites and fleas. This product is available without a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Diethyltoluamide, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. This is a decision that you and your doctor will make together.

For this medication, there are many things that need to be considered:

Allergies: Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medications. It is also important to inform your doctor of any non-medicine allergies such as foods, dyes, preservatives or animals.

Pediatric: Children may be at an increased risk of side effects due to the increased absorption of this medication through the skin. Only use products that have low amounts of diethyltoluamide and apply sparingly to the exposed skin of children.

Drug Interactions: Certain medications should not be used together. However, in certain cases, two medications may be used together, even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change your dose or take other precautions. When taking this medication, it is important that you inform your doctor if you are taking any prescription or over the counter medications.

Other Interactions: Certain medications should not be used while eating, or while eating certain foods in case of negative interactions. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medications may also cause negative interactions. Talk with your doctor about the use of your medication with food, alcohol or tobacco.

3 Proper Usage

To use Diethyltoluamide properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. This medication is for external use only. Do not ingest this medication. For safe and effective use, read the directions on the label before using products containing this medication.

Use a product that only contains low amounts of this medication (less than 30%). Only use enough to cover the exposed areas of your skin. One application of these products will last 4-8 hours.

If you are applying this product to your face, keep it away from the eyes, lips or the inside of the nose. If you accidentally get some in one of these areas, immediately rinse with water.

Call your doctor if irritation continues, especially in the eyes. If you use an aerosol or spray form, do not spray directly onto the face. Spray the palm of the hand and carefully rub the product on your face.

Do not apply this product to wounds or irritated or broken skin. Doing so may increase the chance of absorption through the skin and lead to unwanted side-effects.

Wear long sleeves and pants when possible and apply the product to the clothing instead of the skin to lessen exposure of the skin to this product. Do not apply under clothing. Wash treated clothes after use.

Carefully read the label to see if the product contains alcohol. Do not use any product containing alcohol near a fire or open flame or while smoking. Do not smoke after applying this product or expose any treated skin or clothing to fire or open flame.

Do not keep the repellent on your skin longer than necessary. Wash treated skin with soap and water once the product is no longer needed.

Do not use on the product on or near furniture, plastics, watch crystals, leather or painted or varnished surfaces, including cars. Diethyltoluamide may damage these materials. To use liquid or lotion forms, apply enough product to cover the exposed areas of the skin, rub in and allow to dry.

To use topical aerosol or spray forms, hold container 6-8in from skin or clothing. Spray in slow, sweeping motions so that just enough product covers the exposed skin and clothing. Spread evenly with your hands and allow to dry.

To use the towelette form, wipe the towelette over the exposed areas of skin and allow to dry.

Dosing: Different patients will be given a different dose of this medication based on the strength of the medication. The number of doses you take each day, the time between doses and the length of time you take this medication depends on the reason you are taking this medication.

The following information only includes the average dose of this medication. If your dose is different, do not change it without first speaking to your doctor.

Topical dosage forms:

  • Adults and children - Apply a small amount to exposed areas of the skin. Reapply when necessary.

Storage: Store this medication in a closed container at room temperature. Keep it away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze.

Keep our of the reach of children. Do not keep expired medication or medication you no longer need. Ask your doctor how to dispose of any medication you do not use.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Diethyltoluamide, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Do not breathe in this product.

Do not apply this product to the hands of children. After applying this product to children, watch them carefully to make sure they do not get any product into their eyes or mouth.

Do not apply the product under diapers. Do not allow children to lick areas of application. This product can cause serious side effects if it gets in the mouth or is swallowed.

If you think a side effect has occurred after application of this product, wash the treated skin and talk to your doctor.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Diethyltoluamide to avoid unwanted potential side effects. Some side effects that may occur do not normally need medical attention. These may leave as your body becomes accustomed to treatment.

Ask your doctor about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Ask your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088