Dronabinol (By mouth)

Introduction

Dronabinol (droe-NAB-i-nol)

Treats or prevents nausea and vomiting caused by cancer medicines, when other medicines do not work. Also used to increase the appetite of people with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

Brand Name(s)

Marinol

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have ever had an allergic reaction to dronabinol (tetrahydrocannabinol), marijuana products, or sesame oil.

How to Use This Medicine

Liquid Filled Capsule, Capsule

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take and how often. Take this medicine exactly as your doctor ordered.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
  • You should not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store in the refrigerator in the original container. Do not freeze.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking any other medicine that causes drowsiness such as antihistamines, narcotic pain medicines, sedatives, tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, medicine for seizures, or tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil®, Tofranil®, or Sinequan®.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Check with your doctor before taking if you have heart or liver disease, high blood pressure, seizures, depression, schizophrenia, or drug or alcohol abuse problems.
  • Talk with your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Dronabinol may cause psychological dependence if used for longer periods or in larger amounts than ordered by your doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking dronabinol before having any kind of surgery.
  • This medicine can give you a sense of well-being (make you "high") or make you dizzy or drowsy. Make sure you know how you react to this medicine before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous. Avoid these activities if you are dizzy or not alert and clear-headed.
  • Standing-up slowly from a sitting or lying position can lessen the chance of getting dizzy.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Hallucinations, depression, or changes in mood
  • Irregular heartbeat

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Change in sense of taste, smell, sound, or touch
  • Confusion or forgetfulness
  • Constipation or trouble urinating
  • Dizziness or drowsiness
  • Dry mouth or slurred speech
  • Headache, anxiety, or nervousness
  • Loss of coordination or weakness
  • Red eyes or vision changes

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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