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Women who are breastfeeding or who are pregnant should know that it may not be safe to take Marinol. Precautions and warnings also apply to people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse, certain allergies, or a history of certain psychiatric conditions. By having a complete picture of your medical history, your healthcare provider can determine if Marinol is the right drug for you.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Marinol® (dronabinol) if you have:
- A history of seizures
- Heart problems
- High blood pressure
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse
- Certain psychiatric conditions, including bipolar disorder, mania, depression, or schizophrenia
- An allergy to sesame oil (Marinol capsules contain sesame oil)
- Any other allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Specific Precautions and Warnings for MarinolSome warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Marinol include the following:
- This medication may increase the risk of seizures. If you have ever had a seizure (for any reason), you should tell your healthcare provider before taking Marinol. If you have a seizure while taking it, you should stop treatment immediately.
- Marinol can cause changes in mood and other undesirable behavioral effects. When you first begin using it, or when your dose is changed, you should be under the care of a responsible adult because of the potential for these side effects. You should also not drive, operate machinery, or do anything that might be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
- Marinol can interact with a number of other medications (see Marinol Drug Interactions).
- This medicine has a significant potential for abuse and should be used with caution in people who have a history of alcohol or drug abuse (see Marinol Abuse). Do not take Marinol more frequently, longer, or at a higher dose than prescribed. If you feel you may be developing a problem with addiction or abuse, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
- Marinol is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known (see Marinol and Pregnancy).
- This drug is passed through breast milk. Therefore, check with your healthcare provider before taking it while breastfeeding (see Marinol and Breastfeeding).