Marinol for Migraines

Mark Community Member December 08, 2007
  • I found that Marinol works great on preventing migraines--it expands and loosens up the blood vessels and muscles in my head.  Right now, I'm taking just the 2.5's but I think that I'll wind up taking 5's, since the doctors are only allowed to prescribe 2 doses a day.  If I switch to the 5's, I think thank I'll be able to stop taking my Oramorph SR's.  This week is my first week using Marinol and I've been able to cut back my Oramorph SR from 180 mg. down to 60 mg. a day and I'm free from migraines.   Wink
23 Comments
  • anastasia09
    Jul. 02, 2013

    hey mark i have a question i suffer from chronic migraine and i wanted to if you think my doctor will prescribe marinol to me ? im 18 by the wayEmbarassed ..

  • anastasia09
    Jul. 02, 2013

    hey mark i have a question i suffer from chronic migraine and i wanted to if you think my doctor will prescribe marinol to me ? im 18 by the wayEmbarassed ..

  • Anonymous
    Homer
    Sep. 16, 2009

    Hello Everybody !

     

    I am have had migraines for over 23 years, they started around 8 years old.  I have tried triptans, ergots, antidepress, antiseiz, and many many others, at best the migraines are tolerable.  I take Topamax and narcotics on a daily basis. 

    What astounds me is that I can walk into my doctor and leave with a larger...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello Everybody !

     

    I am have had migraines for over 23 years, they started around 8 years old.  I have tried triptans, ergots, antidepress, antiseiz, and many many others, at best the migraines are tolerable.  I take Topamax and narcotics on a daily basis. 

    What astounds me is that I can walk into my doctor and leave with a larger bottle of pain medication, which sometimes helps.  

    I first inquired about Marinol to my doctors at the beginning of 2008 and still I haven't been prescribed it. 

    At this point in time my doctor is trying to refer me to a pain mgmnt. center that will prescribe Marinol.  One of neurologists I saw at the beginning of this year had never heard of the medicine and my family doctor says due to FDA regulation they are unable to prescribe it, even at Schedule III.

    It doesn't make since to me.  I like with chronic daily pain of an incuarble alignment.  I am just looking for some relief. 

     

      

    • Anonymous
      Hopeful
      Oct. 18, 2009

      Let me know if you ever get perscribed Marinol.  I have had headaches since I was 6 years old & am now 22.  I had never head of this drug until today.  Last night I was watching a television special on marijuana & they started taking about it for medicinal purposes.  I then began my reserach today & found all this.  I don't...

      RHMLucky777

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      Let me know if you ever get perscribed Marinol.  I have had headaches since I was 6 years old & am now 22.  I had never head of this drug until today.  Last night I was watching a television special on marijuana & they started taking about it for medicinal purposes.  I then began my reserach today & found all this.  I don't want to "do drugs" or take a bad drug but like you I have tried every class of medicine for these headaches & nothing has helped. The last drug I was on was Topamax about a year ago & it had crazy side effects :-(  So alast all I want is some relief so these migraines can stop effecting my quality of life

       

       

    • Anonymous
      Patrick
      Dec. 03, 2009

      I have recently heard of the medicinal purposes of Marinol.  It came to my attention from a television special on marijuana and I thought it could help with my headache which is all the time and migraines that come and go.  I am going to a VA doctor and she does not want to prescribe it to me but she would rather give me pills that cause an even bigger...

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      I have recently heard of the medicinal purposes of Marinol.  It came to my attention from a television special on marijuana and I thought it could help with my headache which is all the time and migraines that come and go.  I am going to a VA doctor and she does not want to prescribe it to me but she would rather give me pills that cause an even bigger high and have more horrible side effects like butalbital.  I want to thank you all for the information and stories you have allowed me to read a part of your personal lives.  I think with this info and more I will be able to go in to the doctor's in Jan. and actually get some where with the doc.

      Thanks again

      Patrick~

    • Jessie
      Nov. 08, 2011

      I've had migrains 40 years and about 6 months ago got my pain managment doc to give marinol a try, reluctently he has agreed but right now at 2.5mg. It has only barely nocked the edge off but I can tell there is some benifit. The hard part is convincing my doc to try somthing different. I was on oxy for three years at 150mg which was doing nothing and he seems...

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      I've had migrains 40 years and about 6 months ago got my pain managment doc to give marinol a try, reluctently he has agreed but right now at 2.5mg. It has only barely nocked the edge off but I can tell there is some benifit. The hard part is convincing my doc to try somthing different. I was on oxy for three years at 150mg which was doing nothing and he seems more comfortable with giving it back to me than the marinol.......... go figure.

    • Anonymous
      Brain pain
      Aug. 03, 2012
      Hi all, I have been a migraine sufferer for many years-severe onset like a knife in the side of my head, even colapsed at work one day to be rushed to the hospital. Morphine, cat scans, vicodin, percocet, imitrex, none of it really worked other than the opiates knocking me out until the worst of it was over...dark cool room and pass out for the worst of it....
      RHMLucky777
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      Hi all, I have been a migraine sufferer for many years-severe onset like a knife in the side of my head, even colapsed at work one day to be rushed to the hospital. Morphine, cat scans, vicodin, percocet, imitrex, none of it really worked other than the opiates knocking me out until the worst of it was over...dark cool room and pass out for the worst of it. Light sensistivity, nausea...all the same as many have posted on the topic. Post pregnancy they have been few and far between possibly some chemistry in my body changed, but I still do get a couple a year, much better than several a month, but still excruciating. Along the way through this journey of pain I did discover smoking marijuana was a tremendous help in releaving the pain as well as eliminating the nausea. Unfortunately there is such a stigma associated with marijuana that most are automatically labeled drug seeker or addict if you try to get it legally, but the doctors will shovel the opiates down your throat, which of course does cause physical dependence and eventually drug seeking behavior when they decide not to refill the script anymore and your desperate for pain relief. I recently went through a spinal fusion operation for a whiplash injury and during the procedure the surgeon nicked the dural membrane. The effects of this "minor" complication is severe spinal headaches (migraine x 10) and back pain with constant muscle spasm. The doc thinks my headaches are worse than average because I have been a migraine sufferer. I am on percocets, Valium, Imitrex and prednisone now. The doc says I should be weaning off the narc and then in the next breath he is asking if I need a refill. Right now I am reducing the prednisone as part of a three week treatment he has me on and as I go down in steroids the pain is increasing and I am going up on the narc...I've asked about alternative pain management and not gotten anywhere...I remembered how much marijuana helped in the past with migraines so I tried that again and it is working as a supplement, and is helping me wean down off the narc, plus eliminates the nausea. So all that lead me to search for a pill form since smoking is so bad for the lungs, and heard about Marinol. Frankly I am afraid to ask for it and be labeled a drug seeker. I see a different neuro doc next week (for a brain tumor found coincidentially during all the neck MRIs for the whiplash) and will ask again about pain management, possibly they will refer me to a pain management center where I can inquire about Marinol and other non-opiates i have been researching. I just want to be functional and off the percocets and able to start living again rather than watching the clock for when I can take another pill.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jan. 26, 2009

    Hi -

     

    I appreciate your feedback on Marinol as a Migraine treatment. I have dealt with Migraines for several years and have made no progress with any of the many pharmaceuticals I've been prescribed.

     

    Green has always been and continues to be the only thing that helps me to manage my pain and nausia. I've gone legitimate and taken the legal route...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi -

     

    I appreciate your feedback on Marinol as a Migraine treatment. I have dealt with Migraines for several years and have made no progress with any of the many pharmaceuticals I've been prescribed.

     

    Green has always been and continues to be the only thing that helps me to manage my pain and nausia. I've gone legitimate and taken the legal route (CA is great), but find that such a questionably legal approach doesnt always benefit my social and/or professional agenda. I am now trying to put together enough research to convince my neurologist to stop prescribing me ergots and anti-depressants which make me feel terrible and actually make me depressed, and just give me a prescription for Marinol.

     

    I thought I might add to your post, just for reasons of accuracy, that while the goal with Marinol may be to relax head muscles, it is not to open up blood vessels: doing so would undoubtedly make your migraine much worse. As migraines are believed to be the affect of constricted vessels that then dialate, over dialate, and dont re-adjust, any treatment is meant to relax muscles (to prevent the inevitable increase in bloodflow) or to constrict such vessels (as Ergots do).

     

    For anyone looking to use Marinol for migraines: it is now a class 3 substance meaning it can be prescribed for off-label treatments. That means that like your Namenda (used for alzheimers), amitryptaline (anti-depressant), topomax (used to control seisures, but originally designed for diabetes) and the rest of the headache specialists drug closet it can now be prescribed for Migraines.... the manufacturer should have an inhaled version coming out at some point too.

  • Betty Boop Too
    Jan. 03, 2008

    Lol!Grin

     

    For a minute there I was all confused, until I realized that we must have another Mark.

    I was thinking that this was some version of Mark talking to himself.  LOL

     

    Sorry, thought it was a chuckle. Glad to see we got that straightened out.

     

    Mark #2 If you get a chance to try Marinol, please let us know how it works, I think we're all...

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    Lol!Grin

     

    For a minute there I was all confused, until I realized that we must have another Mark.

    I was thinking that this was some version of Mark talking to himself.  LOL

     

    Sorry, thought it was a chuckle. Glad to see we got that straightened out.

     

    Mark #2 If you get a chance to try Marinol, please let us know how it works, I think we're all waiting in line to see if we can try too.

     

    Great to have you here Mark

    Betty

    • Mark
      Jan. 03, 2008

      Betty, I may have to use a nickname now ... you had me LOL with "Mark talking to Mark," since I do tend to think out loud lots of times.

       

      MarkBig Smile 

    • Betty Boop Too
      Jan. 03, 2008

      It did hit my funny boneGrin

       

      We could call you Marinol Mark!?Real Cool

       

      Good night

      Betty

    • Mark
      Jan. 03, 2008

      Betty, that's the very same nickname that I was already considering. [LOL]

       

      Mark Big Smile

    • Betty Boop Too
      Jan. 03, 2008

      Great minds Think AlikeCheesy

       

      BettyHeart

  • Mark
    Jan. 02, 2008
    Sorry Mark, I thought that you were someone else Roll Eyes

    Mark
  • Mark
    Jan. 02, 2008

    Hi Al, I hope that you find the 2 links useful.

    Again, you may have to copy and paste them to work.

     

    I would recommend printings off the free sample form (to be signed by a doctor) before spending your own money on it.  The drug is now a Schedule III med. which allows doctors to Rx it for "so-called" off-label use, which includes chronic migraine...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Al, I hope that you find the 2 links useful.

    Again, you may have to copy and paste them to work.

     

    I would recommend printings off the free sample form (to be signed by a doctor) before spending your own money on it.  The drug is now a Schedule III med. which allows doctors to Rx it for "so-called" off-label use, which includes chronic migraine headaches.  The drug, which I pay a $25 co-pay for every month for is prohibitively expensive for many people, esp. those w/o health insurance ... those folks usually quit the Marinol and switch to Marijuana, which I'm not advocating on this post.  All I can say is that Marinol works for me (and it may work for you),

     

    Mark Big Smile 

     

    Mark 

  • Mark
    Jan. 02, 2008

    Al, here' a link for free samples---you may have to copy and paste it to work, just as in my prior link re:  success stories for treating Migraines with Marinol.

     

    http://www.marinol.com/images/PatientIntroProg2.pdf 

     

    Mark Big Smile 

    • Anonymous
      chezbo
      Mar. 17, 2013

      Mark, I cannot get the link to work no matter what I do. If its a PDF form can you send it to me at chezbo@q.com    I am a chronic back pain sufferer for 7+years

      with 3 spine surgeries to date. I have tried everything, my pain meds aren't working well, I have a stimulator and it doesn't work either. My Dr would do this form if I can get it. I...

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      Mark, I cannot get the link to work no matter what I do. If its a PDF form can you send it to me at chezbo@q.com    I am a chronic back pain sufferer for 7+years

      with 3 spine surgeries to date. I have tried everything, my pain meds aren't working well, I have a stimulator and it doesn't work either. My Dr would do this form if I can get it. I need some samples to try bad. You can't get this rx-d in Utah. So please help..Randy

  • Betty Boop Too
    Dec. 09, 2007

    Mark

    It's great to meet you and I thank you for sharing the information on Marinol for migraines.

    I personaly don't have migraines, but my mother and sister suffer horribly with them.  I'll be sure to ask them if they've tried this medication.

    Is Marinol a new med or just a new one you've tried?  I've not heard of it before, but...

    RHMLucky777

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    Mark

    It's great to meet you and I thank you for sharing the information on Marinol for migraines.

    I personaly don't have migraines, but my mother and sister suffer horribly with them.  I'll be sure to ask them if they've tried this medication.

    Is Marinol a new med or just a new one you've tried?  I've not heard of it before, but that does not really mean anything.Roll Eyes

     

    Take care and hope to see you around

    Betty

    • Mark
      Dec. 09, 2007

      Hi Betty, I'm happy to share what I know about Marinol because I've had migraines since I was 10 (which now makes it a 44 year battle for me). Since Marinol is not advertised, very few people know about it.  I just happened to stumble into it by surfing the Web. The drug has been around for about 10 or 15 years.  Marinol is synthetic THC,...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi Betty, I'm happy to share what I know about Marinol because I've had migraines since I was 10 (which now makes it a 44 year battle for me). Since Marinol is not advertised, very few people know about it.  I just happened to stumble into it by surfing the Web. The drug has been around for about 10 or 15 years.  Marinol is synthetic THC, which is found naturally in "marijuana."  The drug is a gel pill that was originally prescribed solely to chemo patients to stimulate their appetites but the DEA reclassified it for "off-label" use just a few years ago.  In some states, it can be phoned in by a doctor since it is only a schedule III med. unlike oxycontin or morphine-sulfate (which I believe are both Schedule II med's).  There are other legal marijuana-based pain med's currently in development which will be made by extracting THC and other parts of natural growing real "marijuana."  One of them is called "Sativa" and it will be marketed as a liquid to be sprayed on the tongue.  I hope that the connection made to marijuana doesn't turn you or anyone else off but it has been a recognized pain medication for thousands of years.  I'm glad that I can finally legally take something with a very long history of actually working.  Personally, I'm an asthmatic and I'm unable to smoke anything at all.  I hope that this information helps.  Take care ... Mark

       

    • Betty Boop Too
      Dec. 09, 2007

      Mark

      You know I have thought about this entire marijuana thing for the past few weeks.  I was a teen of the 70's and with that, I've known a great deal too much about the use of Marijuana, so with having that said.

      I was thinking the other day, how funny it is, when we think Oooo Marjuana and shy away from it, when most of us are willing to use opiates? ...

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      Mark

      You know I have thought about this entire marijuana thing for the past few weeks.  I was a teen of the 70's and with that, I've known a great deal too much about the use of Marijuana, so with having that said.

      I was thinking the other day, how funny it is, when we think Oooo Marjuana and shy away from it, when most of us are willing to use opiates?  Kind of makes no sense to me.  But I guess it will be different because of the legality of the meds, more than anything else.

      As long as something is approved and is not against the law for us to use, I'm not really sure why it would be so difficult.  I've actually been told by a couple of nurses, that I really should try pot to see if it helps with the chronic pain and FM.  I don't really think I can right now, but I may ask my doctor about it.  I'm really curious and I also have a really difficult time during pain flares with keeping any appetite at all.  So maybe it would help me to eat?  Just some thoughts.

      I thank you for the information and hope it can be helpful to others.

      Good post, I've read a lot of new information on this very topic and think we should all give it some thought.

      Take care

      Betty

    • marinol pain control
      Oct. 08, 2009

      I was just surfing the net and found your article I been diagnosed with severe fms in 1992 suffered since about 1984 have been taking marinol since 2000 all the side effects seem to be benifical for my condition ! doctor wants me to try lyrica ? I don't like info about side effects.

    • Anonymous
      Mark
      Jan. 02, 2008

      Mark,

       

      I came across your comments regarding migrane headaches.  As a person who has been suffering with migranes for years, I am very much interested in obtaining more information on Marinol.  I surfed the net but could only find info. regarding chemo patients.  If possible, I would like the website where info. on Marinol is posted to treat...

      RHMLucky777

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      Mark,

       

      I came across your comments regarding migrane headaches.  As a person who has been suffering with migranes for years, I am very much interested in obtaining more information on Marinol.  I surfed the net but could only find info. regarding chemo patients.  If possible, I would like the website where info. on Marinol is posted to treat migranes. I figured I could take this info with me to my next dr. appointment.  Thanks.

      Mark

    • Mark
      Jan. 02, 2008

      Al, here's the link per your request:

       

      http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/migrn1.htm 

       

      MarkBig Smile