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Dosing plays a significant role in whether or not a person experiences any dronabinol side effects. Common reactions include drowsiness, dizziness, and feeling "high." Potentially serious problems are also possible with this medication, including allergic reactions, hallucinations, and seizures. Such side effects should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider.

An Introduction to Dronabinol Side Effects

Just like any medicine, dronabinol (Marinol®) can cause side effects. Many of these reactions are dose-related. This means that higher doses can lead to more side effects. Some people will develop a tolerance to this medication over time and these problems will diminish. If side effects do occur, your healthcare provider can adjust your dose to try and reduce them.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with dronabinol. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Side Effects of Dronabinol

Some dronabinol side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Changes in mood, feeling depressed, or feeling emotionally unstable
  • Irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • A rash or hives
    • Itching
    • Unusual swelling, especially of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing.
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