Marinol Dosage

Marinol is the trade name for dronabinol, an FDA approved synthetic HTC, which is the effective ingredient in Marijuana. When marinol is used to treat various health issues, symtoms, and illnesses, the dosage will vary depending on a variety of factors. A healthcare professional will be able to determine the safest and most effective dosage for treatment. Studies are being done for alternative administration of medical marijuana.

Marijuana Vs Marinol

Some people feel that marijuana is safer than marinol to treat health issues like nausea, appetite loss, and vomiting. The problem with marijuana is the inconsistency in the dosage that is administered because of the inconsistency in potency and quality. In addition, smoking marijuana can cause breathing and lung problems, which is not an issue with marinol dosages. Smoking can also increase susceptibility to lung related illnesses like asthma attacks and lung congestion. There are molds and funguses in marijuana that put people with immune deficiencies at risk of other health problems. Marinol is considered safer than marijuana by medical professionals.

Marinol Administration Dosages

Marinol dosage varies depending on what is being treated with marinol. These are some of the dosage recommendations that a doctor may prescribe:

  • Appetite Stimulation - 2.5 mg to 5 mg dosage of Marinol administered one to two times a day before lunch and/or dinner. May be increased to 20 mg if no adverse affects experienced. Close monitoring will be necessary.
  • Antiemetic - 5 mg/m2 to 15 mg/m2 dosage of Marinol administered 1-3 hours before chemotherapy begins and every 2-4 hours after chemo treatment. As dosage increases, close monitoring for side effects will be necessary.

Children and the elderly may be more sensitive to the adverse affects of marinol. Pregnant women and nursing women are not usually given marinol because it can be passed to the baby.

Commonly, marinol is administered orally. It can also be administered by using a nasal spray, vaporizer, or a patch and its effectiveness is being studied when given in alternative ways.

Marinol Uses

Marinol has been proven to help increase appetite and control nausea and vomiting, which is a symptom of many illnesses. In addition, there have been reports of marinol being effective in treatment of the following:

  • Glaucoma
  • PMS
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Sacristy
  • Mental Illness
  • Pain Management

Only a physician can determine if marinol is safe and effective in treating specific illnesses and medical conditions. When using marinol, doses need to be stored in a closed container between 46 and 59F (8 and 15C) and it should be protected from freezing for maximum effectiveness.

Marinol Side Effects

Marinol dosage needs to be monitored to avoid side effects of the medication. Some patients have side effects like confusion, loss of coordination, dizziness, sleepiness, altered mood, headache, nausea, stomach ache, difficulty concentrating; vomiting, and weakness.

Serious side effects of marinol include severe allergic reactions like rashes, hives, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, and swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue. Other severe marinol side effects include abnormal thinking, behavioral problems, heartbeat changes, hallucinations, memory loss, mental health changes, seizures, and vision changes.

Under medical supervision, the proper marinol dosage can minimize marinol side effects while effectively treating various illnesses and their symptoms.