What is Nabilone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cesamet

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Nabilone is an antiemetic used in the treatment of refractory nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. Since Nabilone is a synthetic cannibinoid, some researchers suggest that it may relieve spasticity.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 42 35
Fibromyalgia 33 34
Nerve pain (neuralgia) 18 22
Inability to sleep 2 1
Insomnia 2 10
Insomnia 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 11
Moderate 8
Mild 14
None 21

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Nabilone

Side effect Patients
Sleepiness 3
Brain fog 2
Constipation 2
Depression with suicidal thoughts 2
Dizziness 2
Dry mouth 2

Show all 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Nabilone

Dosage Patients
1 mg daily 6
1 mg twice daily 2
2 mg daily 2
3 mg daily 2
0.5 mg daily 1
1 mg three times daily 1
5 mg daily 1
2 mg three times daily 1
6 mg daily 1
7 mg daily 1

See all 12 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Nabilone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 6
Doctor's advice 3
Side effects too severe 3
Expense 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
See all 13 patients who’ve stopped taking Nabilone

Duration

Currently taking Nabilone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Nabilone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 35
Usually 7
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 44
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 1
< $25 26
Not specified 21

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Nabilone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 3
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 1
tapentadol (Nucynta) 1
Zolpidem (Ambien) 1

Patients stopped taking Nabilone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq) 1
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Nabilone

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Shell698
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Shell698
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: moderate
I am: vb
I have:
MS

See Shell698's full Nabilone history

Aug 7, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Social Anxiety Disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Sedation)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Nausea and dizziness)
  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Generalized Anxiety Disorder)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 capsule(s) Daily

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Abel Nightroad
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Abel Nightroad
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Severe
58 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: b
I have:
Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)

See Abel Nightroad's full Nabilone history

Dec 24, 2013 (Started Oct 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Crohn's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: It was useless to me so I've stopped it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Feel very relaxed

Jun 15, 2013 (Started Oct 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Crohn's Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for Pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 0.1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It didn't seem to do me any good. That's why we stopped it.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Feel very relaxed

Apr 28, 2010 (Started Oct 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Crohn's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Feel very relaxed)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 0.1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This drug is basically an artificial form of pot, so it made me relaxed and dreamy. Alas, it wore off.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Feel very relaxed

Dec 30, 2009 (Started Oct 08, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Crohn's Disease)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Feel very relaxed)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 0.1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It seems to help keep me calm, but it also makes me dozy. If I had to operate a car, I'm not sure I would take this medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: Feel very relaxed

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yourdahl
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yourdahl
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
33 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Bipolar I

See yourdahl's full Nabilone history

Oct 25, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Increased appetite)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Promote relaxation)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Depersonalization-derealization, Short term memory problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: It is good as a muscle relaxant, and it does improve my appetite, but I find that I feel a bit fuzzy on it. Like any marijuana product, you can get dry eyes and some memory problems but it works great before bed and unlike other pain meds, didnt give me a "hangover" in the morning. Cost was the only downside to this medication.
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 1 helpful mark
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