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What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking nabilone (Cesamet)?
Do not use nabilone if you have ever had an allergic reaction to natural or man-made marijuana such as dronabinol (Marinol).
Before using nabilone, tell your doctor if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use nabilone, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.
Nabilone may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Nabilone 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.
It is not known whether nabilone passes into breast milk or if it could 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 nabilone.
Nabilone is not for use in patients younger than 18 years old.
How should I take nabilone (Cesamet)?
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.
Nabilone is usually given 1 to 3 hours before you receive your chemotherapy treatment. Your doctor may recommend that you take a small dose of nabilone on the night before your chemotherapy.
Nabilone may also be used 2 or 3 times each day of the chemotherapy treatment cycle, and for 48 hours after treatment ends, if needed.
The effects of nabilone may last for 48 to 72 hours, and this length of time may not be the same every time you take the medication.
Store nabilone at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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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