Brand Names: Cesamet
Generic Name: nabilone
- What is nabilone (Cesamet)?
- What are the possible side effects of nabilone (Cesamet)?
- What is the most important information I should know about nabilone (Cesamet)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking nabilone (Cesamet)?
- How should I take nabilone (Cesamet)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Cesamet)?
- What happens if I overdose (Cesamet)?
- What should I avoid while taking nabilone (Cesamet)?
- What other drugs will affect nabilone (Cesamet)?
- Where can I get more information (Cesamet)?
What is nabilone (Cesamet)?
Nabilone is a man-made form of cannabis (also known as marijuana).
Nabilone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of nabilone (Cesamet)?
Stop using nabilone and call your doctor at once if you have:
- hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real);
- confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior;
- anxiety, panic, paranoia, extreme fear;
- fast heart rate; or
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out.
Common side effects may include:
- headache, dizziness, drowsiness;
- feeling "high";
- weakness, lack of coordination;
- depressed mood;
- dry mouth; or
- trouble concentrating.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about nabilone (Cesamet)?
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking nabilone (Cesamet)?
To make sure nabilone is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- high blood pressure;
- heart disease;
- liver or kidney disease;
- history of alcoholism or drug addiction; or
- past or present mental illness (depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, psychosis).
Nabilone may be habit-forming. Never share nabilone with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction or habitual marijuana use. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
It is not known whether nabilone passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication.
Do not give this medication to anyone under 18 years old.
How should I take nabilone (Cesamet)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
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 at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Nabilone is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
What happens if I miss a dose (Cesamet)?
Call your doctor for instructions if you forget to take this medicine at the correct time before your chemotherapy treatment.
What happens if I overdose (Cesamet)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Overdose symptoms may include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.
What should I avoid while taking nabilone (Cesamet)?
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
What other drugs will affect nabilone (Cesamet)?
Taking this medicine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can worsen these effects. Ask your doctor before taking nabilone with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Other drugs may interact with nabilone, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
Where can I get more information (Cesamet)?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about nabilone.
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