What is Dronabinol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Marinol

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See also: Tetrahydrocannabinol THC

Dronabinol is a synthetic form of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC. It is an anti-emetic and appetite stimulant used for chemotherapy-associated nausea and vomiting refractory to other antiemetic(s); and for AIDS-related anorexia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 31 9
Decreased appetite 20 4
Stiffness/spasticity 18 11
Nausea 12 4
Support weight gain 4 2

Show all 33 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 4
Mild 17
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dronabinol

Side effect Patients
Tiredness 2
Allergies 1
Diarrhea 1
Dizziness 1
Dizziness with disorientation 1
Dry mouth 1

Show all 21 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dronabinol

Dosage Patients
10 mg daily 3
2.5 mg twice daily 2
20 mg daily 2
2.5 mg three times daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
6.25 mg twice daily 1
2.5mg as needed 1
5mg as needed 1
90 10mg as needed 1
as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Dronabinol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 7
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 4
Other 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 1
See all 20 patients who've stopped taking Dronabinol

Duration

Currently taking Dronabinol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Dronabinol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 29
Usually 8
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 36
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 9
< $25 16
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Dronabinol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amitriptyline (Elavil) 2
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 2
Tramadol (Ultram) 2
Buprenorphine patch (BuTrans Transdermal Patch) 1
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 1

Show all 14 treatments patients report switching from

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7 patient evaluations for Dronabinol

Dec 31, 2015 (Started Jan 30, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (passed out)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 30, 2012 (Started Jan 30, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Mild (passed out)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Ran into trouble. One dose seemed to have way more active ingredients in it. I passed out four times and went to the hospital in an ambulance. That sucked.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 13, 2011 (Started Jan 30, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I wish I had tried this years ago!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 22, 2011 (Started May 21, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 20 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Nov 3, 2010 (Started Oct 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for stiffness/spasticity)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Medicaid rescinded the order a week after I started so I can't evaluate it properly but a wonderful side effect was minimal drooling compared to normal.

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