I was recently in the hospital for throwing up blood and was giving several medications to stop the nausea and vomiting with little to no relief. I was given Marinol, but was not told what it was. After I was told by a nurse two days later what it was I refused to take it. I am very anti-drug and would not have taken the medication in the first place. I feel that there were other options and that the doctor should have asked before giving it to me.
Marinol is not an illegal drug. It is a valid drug for nausea. If you kept throwing up with the other things they were giving you it would be tried. At any point you could have asked what it was. You foolishly refused a medication that could have helped you. You do not get high from it, you get relief from nausea. It is synthetic thc, not the real thing.
Kaismama is correct. This is a legal medication. It is NOT marijuana, it is a synthetically derived medication used mainly in cancer patients and those with AIDS to quell nausea and stimulate the appetite. It is FDA approved for treating nausea. If you had tried all other options, it seems rather foolish to refuse a medication that would likely help you. I mean it is your choice, and your right to refuse, but to refuse on the basis of being "anti-drug" is rather foolish-you might as well refuse ALL drugs altogether since there is nothing illegal or "wrong" about Marinol. Did you know that your body already HAS natural, body produced cannabinoids? They are called endocannabinoids and are produced by everyone naturally just as the body produces endorphins similar to morphine. Will you refuse pain medications for severe pain because it is opioid based when all the non opioids have failed to provide you relief? Drs often dont tell you the medication they give, but they cant not tell you if you ask what it is. I always ask. They often say things like "I will give you something for the pain" or "I will give you something for nausea" they may not tell you the name of the drug because many people wouldnt know what it is if they said but I always ask because I am familiar with drugs and they DO have to disclose the drug in direct questioning but no, they dont have to tell you the name unless you ask and most of the time they dont.
- Marinol Information for Consumers
- Marinol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Marinol (detailed)
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