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Off-Label Uses for Marinol

Marinol® (dronabinol) is approved for the treatment of appetite loss (known medically as anorexia) due to weight loss in people with AIDS. The medication is also used for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting that has not responded to other treatments.
On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend Marinol for an off-label use, such as:
  • Cancer-related loss of appetite
  • Muscular spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer-related nausea and vomiting.
"Off-label" means that the drug is being used for a nonapproved use. There is nothing wrong with this practice. Sometimes, an off-label use even becomes an approved use over time.
(Click Marinol Uses to learn more about off-label uses for this drug, as well as how Marinol works and whether children can take it.)
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