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Marinol Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is dronabinol (Marinol)?
- What are the possible side effects of dronabinol (Marinol)?
- What is the most important information I should know about dronabinol (Marinol)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking dronabinol (Marinol)?
- How should I take dronabinol (Marinol)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Marinol)?
- What happens if I overdose (Marinol)?
- What should I avoid while taking dronabinol (Marinol)?
- What other drugs will affect dronabinol (Marinol)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking dronabinol (Marinol)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to sesame oil, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to natural or man-made marijuana such as dronabinol or nabilone (Cesamet).
Before using dronabinol, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- high blood pressure (hypertension);
- heart disease;
- past or present mental illness such as depression, schizophrenia, or other psychotic disorders;
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or
- if you are also using other medicines that can affect your central nervous system, such as a tranquilizer, sleep medicine, or anti-psychotic medications.
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use dronabinol, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
Dronabinol may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Dronabinol should never be given to another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or habitual marijuana use. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Dronabinol can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Older adults may be especially sensitive to the side effects of dronabinol.
Dronabinol is not for use in patients younger than 18 years old.
How should I take dronabinol (Marinol)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
As an appetite stimulant, dronabinol is usually taken before lunch and dinner.
To prevent nausea and vomiting, dronabinol is usually given 1 to 3 hours before you receive your chemotherapy treatment, and every 2 to 4 hours afterward. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Store dronabinol at cool room temperature. You may store the medicine in the refrigerator, but do not allow it to freeze.
Additional Marinol Information
- Marinol Drug Interactions Center: dronabinol oral
- Marinol Side Effects Center
- Marinol Overview including Precautions
- Marinol FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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