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Dronabinol carries a significant potential for abuse. If you feel you need to take more of the drug than your doctor recommends, it's important to talk with him or her about this (larger doses of this medication significantly increase the risk of serious side effects). Warnings and precautions with dronabinol also extend to people with certain allergies, certain medical conditions, and woman who are pregnant.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking dronabinol (Marinol®) if you have:
- A history of seizures
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Certain psychiatric conditions, including bipolar disorder, mania, depression, or schizophrenia
- An allergy to sesame oil (dronabinol capsules contain sesame oil)
- Any other allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Specific Dronabinol Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this drug include the following:
- This medication may increase the risk of seizures. If you have ever had a seizure (for any reason), you should tell your healthcare provider before taking dronabinol. If you have a seizure while taking it, you should stop treatment immediately.
- Dronabinol can cause changes in mood and other undesirable behavioral effects. When you first begin using it, or when your dose is changed, you should be under the care of a responsible adult because of the potential for these side effects. You should also not drive, operate machinery, or do anything that might be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
- Dronabinol can interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Dronabinol).
- This medicine has a significant potential for abuse and should be used with caution in people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Marinol Abuse). Do not take dronabinol more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with addiction or abuse, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
- Dronabinol is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Marinol and Pregnancy).
- This drug is passed through breast milk. Therefore, check with your healthcare provider before taking it while breastfeeding (see Marinol and Breastfeeding).