IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
Dronabinol Oral Precautions
Before taking dronabinol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to marijuana; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as sesame oil), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
- regular use/abuse of drugs/alcohol/other substances
- heart disease
- high blood pressure
- mental/mood conditions (e.g., mania, depression, schizophrenia)
- seizure disorder
This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy or affect your judgment. Do not engage in activities requiring alertness and clear thinking, such as driving or using machinery, until you know how this medication affects you and until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Alcohol can worsen these side effects. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a seated or lying position.
Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially drowsiness and mental/mood changes.
Caution is advised when using this drug in children because they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially drowsiness and mental/mood changes.
This medication is not recommended for use during pregnancy because of possible unborn baby/infant harm reported with marijuana exposure (dronabinol contains the active substance found in marijuana). Consult your doctor for more details.
This drug passes into breast milk. Therefore, breast-feeding is not recommended while using this drug. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Dronabinol Oral Side Effects
Dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, feeling "high", an exaggerated sense of well-being, lightheadedness, headache, red eyes, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, clumsiness, or unsteadiness may occur, especially during the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
- flushing of the face
- fast/pounding heartbeat
- mental/mood changes (e.g., difficulty concentrating, memory loss, hallucinations, abnormal thoughts, paranoia, depression, nervousness)
- slurred speech
- ringing in the ears
- vision changes
It is important that you take this medication under the supervision of a responsible adult because mental, mood, or behavior changes may occur. If you experience any such effects, remain calm and try not to panic. Tell your doctor immediately. Do not take any more dronabinol until after you consult with your doctor.
CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment.
Information last revised November 2011 Copyright(c) 2011 First DataBank, Inc.