Marinol 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.
If you are taking this medicine to improve your appetite, this is only part of your therapy. Discuss what you can eat and ways of improving your diet with your health care professional or nutritionist. Frequent small snacks as well as regular meals can help provide extra calories and protein.
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.
Common and Rare Side Effects
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 immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Changes in mood
fast or pounding heartbeat
feelings of unreality
loss of memory
nervousness or anxiety
problems with memory
seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
dizziness, faintness, or lightheadedness when getting up suddenly from a lying or sitting position
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
feeling of warmth
hives or rash
redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally, upper chest
sores in the mouth
swelling of the lips
tightness in the throat
Get emergency help immediately if any of the following symptoms of overdose occur:
Symptoms of overdose
change in how fast you think time is passing
change in your sense of smell, taste, sight, sound, or touch
decrease in motor coordination
dryness of the mouth (severe)
false sense of well-being
problems in urinating
redness of the eyes
unusual drowsiness or dullness
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:
Clumsiness or unsteadiness
false sense of well-being
trouble with thinking
Less common or rare
Abdominal or stomach pain
flushing of the face
lack or loss of strength
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.