just been diagnosed over a month ago, now that's depressing, vision has gotten a little worse over the past 6 months, along with back, knees and joint pain, muscle twitches , and some insomnia... do doctors prescribe that sort of thing... in my 40's... and in fl... any thoughts?
My first thought is that i hope you have good insurance, its very expensive. I don't know if it would help as much as smoking pot is supposed to. Unfortunately you live in Florida so it may be the only option you have. Its worth talking to your dr. If only our country wasnt founded by puritans.
Why would you think Marinol would be given for RP? RP starts with rod degeneration in the eye. Marijuana is used by some for glaucoma but that is because it has been shown in some studies to help reduce intraocular pressure in the eye. RP isnt a disease of high IOP. Most of the talk about marijuana for RP is anecdotal not evidenced based medicine. There are studies that show marijuana can be beneficial for glaucoma to reduce IOP but researchers think it may be chemicals other than THC. Marinol is a synthetic THC basically. Right now it is only approved for use as an appetite stimulant and as an antiemetic. I doubt seriously you will get a doctor to prescribe it for you for RP. Talk to your retinal specialist about options for treatment and if he believes marijuana has any use for RP. Some believe the theory that since marijuana causes conjunctival injection (red eyes) it may help bring more circulation and therefore more oxygen saturation to the eye but this is really still just speculation.
- Marinol Information for Consumers
- Marinol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
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