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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:
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.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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