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What Is Marinol Prescribed For?

Marinol® (dronabinol) is prescribed for the following uses:
  • Appetite loss (known medically as anorexia) associated with weight loss in people with AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome)
  • Nausea and vomiting from cancer chemotherapy, when other treatments have not worked.
Although it is not entirely clear how Marinol works for these purposes, it is believed to work in part by binding to certain chemical receptors in the brain.
Marinol is only prescribed for adults (age 18 and older). Its use has not been studied in younger age groups, and the severity of certain side effects tends to make this medication unsuitable for children.
(Click Marinol Uses to learn more about the conditions this medication is prescribed for, including possible off-label uses.)
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