Marinol has been proven safe and is pretty well tolerated by most patients. Side effects may mimic inhaled marijuana and might include a “high” feeling, anxiety or nervousness, mood changes, easy laughter, or other changes in behavior. It may also cause drowsiness or dizziness. For these reasons, it’s best if you have someone with you the first time you try the medication and avoid driving.
Because Marinol contains the same compound found in marijuana, it’s important not to smoke marijuana while taking it. Also avoid alcohol and other medications that cause drowsiness, such as barbiturates and muscle relaxants. Because Marinol can cause increased heart rate and anxiety, it’s also best to avoid taking other stimulants such as amphetamines, cocaine and caffeine.
Always talk with your doctor about any concerns you have and be sure she has a list of ALL the medications your taking, including any illicit substances.
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