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Nabilone

Cesamet

NABILONE is used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer treatment. It is used by patients who do not respond to other medicines. Compare cannabinoids.
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Nabilone Side Effects

What should I watch for?

The first time you take this medicine or have an increase in dose make sure there is a responsible person nearby. You may experience mood changes, easy laughter, or other changes in behavior.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you have low blood pressure or if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Do not smoke marijuana while you are taking this medicine. It is similar to one of the active substances found in marijuana. You are at increased risk of serious heart and/or nervous system side effects if these drugs are used together.

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Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

Changes in mood

confusion

convulsions (seizures)

delusions

dizziness or fainting

fast or pounding heartbeat

hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)

mental depression

nervousness or anxiety

unusual tiredness or weakness (severe)

Symptoms of overdose

Difficulty in breathing

hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)

mental changes (severe)

nervousness or anxiety (severe)

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Clumsiness or unsteadiness

drowsiness

dryness of mouth

false sense of well-being

headache

Less common or rare

Blurred vision or any changes in vision

dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position—more common with high doses

loss of appetite

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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