dronabinol (Marinol, THC) (cont.)

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SIDE EFFECTS WARNING: Dronabinol contains cannabinoids and sesame oil and should not be used by patients who are allergic to these substances.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of dronabinol include

Less common side effects include

Dronabinol is a controlled substance because it may be abused.



PREPARATIONS: Oral capsules: 2.5, 5, and 10 mg

STORAGE: Dronabinol capsules should be stored in a cool location between 8 C and 15 C (46 F and 59 F ) or in the refrigerator. Capsules should not be frozen.


For appetite stimulation in AIDS patients

  • The general recommended starting dose is 2.5 mg by mouth twice daily, before lunch and dinner.
  • Patients who are having difficulty tolerating this dosage may take 2.5 mg once a day in the evening or at bedtime.
  • In patients who are tolerating dronabinol well, the dose may be slowly increased up to a maximum dose of 20 mg per day.

For nausea and vomiting

  • 5 mg per meter-squared of body surface (5 mg/m2) should be administered 1-3 hours before chemotherapy followed by repeated administration every 2 to 4 hours after chemotherapy for a total of 4 to 6 doses per day.
  • If needed, the dosage may be increased in 2.5 mg/m2 increments to a maximum of 15 mg/m2 per dose.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/6/2015

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