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Two different companies currently make a generic version of Marinol. It comes in three different strengths, and tests by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have shown that these products can be considered equivalent to brand-name Marinol. Like the brand-name drug, the generic versions are used to treat loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting associated with certain medical conditions.

Can I Buy Generic Marinol?

Marinol® (dronabinol) is a prescription medication used for the following purposes:
  • Loss of appetite associated with weight loss in people with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome)
  • Nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy, when other treatments have not worked.
Marinol is made by Banner Pharmacaps, Inc., for Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The patents for this drug have expired, and it is now available in generic form.

Available Strengths

Generic Marinol capsules are available in the following strengths:
  • Dronabinol 2.5 mg
  • Dronabinol 5 mg
  • Dronabinol 10 mg.

Who Makes Generic Marinol?

Generic Marinol is made by Watson Pharmaceuticals and Par Pharmaceuticals.

Is Generic Dronabinol as Good as Marinol?

The generic version of Marinol sold by Watson Pharmaceuticals is an "authorized generic." This means that it is actually made by the brand-name company and is exactly the same as the brand-name product in every way, except that it is sold under a generic name and marketed by a generic company.
The other generic version of Marinol has an "AB" rating from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that it has been tested and is considered equivalent to the brand-name product.
However, generic medications are allowed to have different inactive ingredients than the brand-name medication. This can include fillers, dyes, or other ingredients that may cause problems for people with allergies or sensitivities.
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