source: MedicineNet.com Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
BRAND NAME(S): Marinol (Oral capsule)
Dronabinol is a cannabinoid designated chemically as (6aR-trans)-6a,7,8,10a-tetrahydro-6,6,9- trimethyl-3-pentyl-6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran-1-ol. Dronabinol has the following empirical and structural formulas:
Dronabinol, the active ingredient in MARINOL® (dronabinol) Capsules, is synthetic delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC). Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol is also a naturally occurring component of Cannabis sativa L. (Marijuana).
What are the possible side effects of dronabinol (Marinol)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using dronabinol and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- seizure (convulsions);
- paranoia, extreme fear;
- fast heart rate;
- feeling light-headed, fainting; or
- unusual thoughts or behavior.
Continue using dronabinol and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:
- mood changes;
- dizziness, trouble concentrating;
- feeling "high";
- weakness, lack of coordination;
- anxiety, confusion;
- stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
- warmth or tingly feeling; or
- sleep problems (insomnia).
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Marinol (dronabinol) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects