Padimate O

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What is Padimate O

Padimate O a chemical sunscreen agent, is the octyldimethyl derivative of p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA).

Padimate O is present in sunscreen products either as a single agent or in combination with other sunscreens


  • photoprotection

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)/Substantivity:

Banana Boat Dark Tanning lotion: SPF=4/waterproof

Banana Boat Dark Tanning oil: SPF=2

Chap Stick lip balm: SPF=4

Herpecin-L: SPF=15

Mentholatum: SPF=14.7

Side Effects

  1. acne vulgaris
  2. contact dermatitis
  3. erythema
  4. folliculitis
  5. pruritus
  6. skin irritation

Monitoring Parameters

  • laboratory monitoring not necessary


  • breast-feeding
  • children
  • ester local anesthetic hypersensitivity
  • infants
  • para-aminobenzoic acid, PABA hypersensitivity
  • pregnancy
  • skin disease
  • sulfonamide hypersensitivity
  • thiazide diuretic hypersensitivity
  • xeroderma pigmentosum


No information is available regarding drug interactions associated with Padimate O

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