Marinol (Dronabinol) is the legal alternative to cannabis (aka: pot, marijuana, or weed). Though in some states it is legal to possess cannabis for medicinal use, it is not common. You may not understand why marinol is used, but if you have ever suffered from the stomach flu, think about what it would be like to have those symptoms for several days in a row every week or to be in a constant state of nausea and to be vomiting regularly. For many people that have these symptoms from various illnesses or treatments, marinol or cannabis is the only thing that gives them relief. It is the answer to maintaining a higher quality of life.
FDA APPROVED MARINOL (DRONABINOL)
Marinol is a synthetic form of cannabis and it is the only United States FDA (Federal Drug Administration) approved synthetic cannabis. Though there are some advantages to using natural cannabis, it is not used by many due to it being illegal. Marinol is preferred because it is consistence in dosage. Marinol is available by prescription for patients who will benefit from a marionol prescription.
Marinol is used to treat the nausea and vomiting associated with severe illnesses or treatments for severe illnesses. In addition it can stimulate a person’s appetite so that a person who is suffering weight loss from illnesses like AIDS or from treatments like chemotherapy for cancer treatment. It is also used to treat other illnesses and diseases like the glaucoma, spasticity, multiple sclerosis, and current studies are reporting it might even help prevent MRSA (Yet Another Study Reports That Pot May Halt MRSA).
For some people who suffer from cancer or AIDS, if they have any of the following, it will prevent the use of marinol:
- Seizure disorders
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Mental Illness
- High or low blood pressure
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Heart disease
A health care professional will be able to determine if marinol (Dronabinol) is safe to use.
MARINOL SIDE EFECTS
There are some side effects to using marinol. The prescribing doctor will be able to decide if the risks are worth the benefits of using marinol. Some of the more serious side effects include the following:
- Accelerated heart rate
- Unusual/dangerous thoughts or behaviors
Less serious side effects include the following:
- Excessive mood changes
- Inability to concentrate
- A feeling of being “high”
- Lack of coordination
- Digestive problems (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Tingly feeling
- Inability to sleep
For serious side effects or if there are any concerns regarding side effects, contact a health care provider or urgent care professional with any questions. Since marinol is used to treat serious illnesses and side effects, simple additional side affects may be a concern. Communication with a health care professional is one of the best ways to assure safe use of marinol.
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