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 32 10
Decreased appetite 19 5
Stiffness/spasticity 18 11
Nausea 12 4
Support weight gain 4 2

Show all 34 reasons taken


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  • 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 18
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dronabinol

Side effect Patients
Tiredness 2
Allergies 1
Craving sweets at night 1
Diarrhea 1
Dizziness 1
Dizziness with disorientation 1

Show all 22 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dronabinol

Dosage Patients
2.5 mg twice daily 2
10 mg daily 1
5 mg daily 1
5 mg twice daily 1
12.5 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1
2.5mg 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
Change in health plan coverage 5
Expense 5
Other 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Did not seem to work 1
See all 21 patients who've stopped taking Dronabinol

Duration

Currently taking Dronabinol

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
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 8
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 30
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 37
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 9
$100-199 2
$50-99 1
$25-49 9
< $25 16
Not specified 9

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
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching from

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8 patient evaluations for Dronabinol

May 15, 2016 (Started Jan 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for decreased appetite)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 5 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Aside from taking Marinol 5mg. rounded tablets for decreased appetite as needed, they were not only effective for a noticeable increase in my appetite, the unexpected benefit was a more motivated mood and feeling of well-being as Marinol corresponded with the prescribed (Psychiatrists) Sertraline 100mg. Tablets for anxiety taken 1 time daily, in the Morning along with 100mg. Capsules of Doxepin of which side effect was to induce sleepiness due to insomnia, taken at bedtime, in conjunction with the lasting feeling of well-being from the doasage of Marinol also taken prior to Dinner. I (suggestively) reccomend anyone experiencing PTSD, Decreased Appetite and/or Depression, Anxiety to consult with their Doctor as a possible candidate or the use of Marinol or Medical Marijuana. Marinol, furthermore is extracted from the Marijuana Plant and contains the similar level needed as prescribed and contains THC, the ingredient found in Marijuana of which produces the same result.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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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