Cesamet Side Effects

Generic Name: nabilone

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of nabilone. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Cesamet.

Not all side effects for Cesamet may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to nabilone: oral capsule

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by nabilone (the active ingredient contained in Cesamet). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking nabilone, check with your doctor or nurse as soon as possible:

  • Changes in mood
  • confusion
  • convulsions (seizures)
  • delusions
  • dizziness or fainting
  • fast or pounding heartbeat
  • hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
  • mental depression
  • nervousness or anxiety
  • unusual tiredness or weakness (severe)
Symptoms of overdose
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
  • mental changes (severe)
  • nervousness or anxiety (severe)

Some of the side effects that can occur with nabilone may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Clumsiness or unsteadiness
  • drowsiness
  • dryness of mouth
  • false sense of well-being
  • headache
Less common or rare
  • Blurred vision or any changes in vision
  • dizziness or lightheadedness, especially when getting up from a lying or sitting position—more common with high doses
  • loss of appetite

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to nabilone: oral capsule

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular side effects have included orthostatic hypotension, hypotension, tachycardia, syncope, palpitation, flushing, hypertension, arrhythmia, and cerebral vascular accident.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects have included anhidrosis, photosensitivity, pruritus, and rash.

Endocrine

Endocrine side effects have included thirst.

Gastrointestinal

Gastrointestinal side effects have included dry mouth, nausea, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, aphthous ulcer, mouth irritation, gastritis, and dyspepsia.

Genitourinary

Genitourinary side effects have included increased urination, decreased urination, hot flashes, urinary retention, and frequency of micturition.

Hematologic

Hematologic side effects have included anemia and leukopenia.

Immunologic

Immunologic side effects have included bacterial infection.

Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal side effects have included muscle pain, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and unspecified pain.

Ocular

Ocular side effects have included vision disturbance, eye irritation, eye dryness, eye disorder, amblyopia, eye swelling, eyelid diseases, pupil dilation, photophobia, and visual field defect.

Other

Other side effects have included ear tightness, tinnitus, equilibrium dysfunction, fatigue, lightheadedness, coordination disturbance, asthesia, dysphoria, dizziness, twitch, irritability, fever, inhibited walking, unconsciousness, hypotonia, and face edema.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included drowsiness, vertigo, ataxia, decreased concentration, sedation, hallucinations, paresthesia, tremor, memory disturbance, perception disturbance, convulsions, dystonia, numbness, and akathisia.

Respiratory

Respiratory side effects have included dyspnea, pharyngitis, nasal congestion, sinus headache, thick tongue, dry throat, dry nose, wheezing, nosebleed, cough, and voice change.

Psychiatric

Psychiatric side effects have included euphoria (feeling "high"), sleep disturbance, depression, confusion, disorientation, anxiety, depersonalization syndrome, speech disorder, abnormal dreams, insomnia, mood swings, inebriated feeling, toxic psychosis, paranoia, apathy, thought disorder, withdrawal, panic disorder, phobic neurosis, emotional disorder, and hyperactivity.

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