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MARINOL
DRONABINOL - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

DRONABINOL - ORAL

(dro-NAB-in-all)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Marinol

Uses

This medication is used to treat nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth as directed. Do not increase your dose or take this more often than prescribed. Do not drive, operate machinery or engage in activities requiring alertness while taking this medication.

Side Effects

Dizziness, drowsiness, irritability, mood changes, difficulty concentrating, distorted vision, dry mouth and changes in appetite may occur especially the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: skin rash, rapid heart rate, sleep disturbances, depression, memory loss, mental confusion, hallucinations, behavior changes, numbness or tingling of the hands or feet. Be aware that this medication may cause mood or behavior changes. If you experience any such effects, remain calm. Do not take any more doses until you contact your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: heart disease, high blood pressure, a history of depression or other emotional or mental conditions, allergies (especially to sesame oil). Long-term use of this medication may cause dependency. Withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, restlessness, sleeping problems, sweating, hot flashes, hiccups and loss of appetite have been reported when this medication is discontinued abruptly following long-term therapy. Do not drive, operate machinery or engage in activities requiring alertness while taking this medication. This medication should be used with caution in elderly persons as they may be more sensitive to the effects. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Because this medication appears in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take, especially of: narcotic pain relievers, sleeping pills, sedatives, barbiturates, anti-anxiety medication. Avoid intake of alcoholic beverages while taking this medication since the risk of side effects will be increased. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness, dry mouth, fast heartbeat, mood changes, slurred speech, loss of coordination, and lightheadedness.

Notes

It is important that this medication be taken under supervision of a responsible adult since mood or behavior changes may occur. It may be necessary for the first dose or two to be taken in the doctor's office or while in the hospital so your response can be monitored closely.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered; do not take it if it is near the time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store in a cool environment between 46 to 59 degrees F (8 to 15 degrees C). May be refrigerated. Do not freeze.

Medical Alert

Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).