dronabinol (Marinol, THC)

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GENERIC NAME: dronabinol

BRAND NAME: Marinol, THC

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Dronabinol (Marinol) is a man-made compound that contains cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant (Cannabis sativa L). Dronabinol contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in standardized concentrations and does not contain other compounds found in street marijuana that is not approved by the FDA for medical use. Dronabinol activates cannabinoid receptors causing a wide range of effects in the brain, including short-term memory loss, euphoria, enhanced sensation, and increased appetite. It also prevents nausea and vomiting probably by inhibiting the vomiting center in the brain. Dronabinol was approved by the FDA in May 1985.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Dronabinol is a prescription medicine used to improve appetite in AIDS patients with weight loss problems. It also is used for preventing nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in patients who have failed to respond to standard drugs for managing nausea and vomiting.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/6/2015



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