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User Reviews for Dronabinol to treat Nausea/Vomiting, Chemotherapy Induced

Also known as: Marinol, Syndros

Dronabinol has an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 from a total of 22 ratings for the treatment of Nausea/Vomiting, Chemotherapy Induced. 91% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 5% reported a negative effect.

Dronabinol Rating Summary

8.6/10 average rating

22 ratings from 23 user reviews.

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Reviews for Dronabinol

sweet leaf · Taken for less than 1 month December 2, 2018

Marinol (dronabinol): “My father who has cancer was wilting away from the pain meds and associated nausea and vomiting. No water either. Mentally he was in a real bad place. CBD/THC 4:1 oil and marinol have completely turned him around. He is now is only on one prescribed medication versus before three all of which caused drowsiness. Gaining weight and cracking jokes. Ridiculous how a substance that doesnt cause death by overdose, gives you an appetite and makes you happy is not available over the counter. Especially when alcohol which is much worse is not only legal but glorified. Legalize it. Don't criticize it.”

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Madden28 June 20, 2016

Marinol (dronabinol): “My boyfriend has cancer and was receiving two kinds of chemotherapy. Along with blood clots and a drain in his leg he was in alot of pain. When receiving chemo we would stay in the hospital for three days and even with the neulasta shot and all the IV anti nausea meds he still was sick. Finally he was prescribed marinol and it changed everything. The day we came home from the hospital after taking it he was well enough to go Frisbee golfing even with a drain in his leg! He never vomited again, and he actually got kinda chubby! The drug changed his attitude and I belive it gave him the strength he needed to fight his sarcoma. He's now in remission!”

10 / 10
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Barjohn_89 September 26, 2016

Marinol (dronabinol): “After debilitating nausea and vomitting from radiation and chemotherapy and after trying all the normal drugs like zofran and some others I tried marinol. It was by the far the most effective for treating nausea and vomitting of any pharmaceutical. It gives a nice pleasant buzz as well. The problem for me was the over-stimulation of my appetite. I've never felt hunger like this in my entire life. Anyway, people who need this drug could probably use the extra appetite anyway.”

8 / 10
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MooMooMom · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 28, 2017

Marinol (dronabinol): “I am surprised this isn't oncologists "go to" drug. After my first A/C infusion for breast cancer, I had severe nausea and vomiting immediately. The doctor prescribed 25 mg promethazine orally and rectally(in case I couldn't hold down the pill). All it did was make me sleep for hours, induce a migraine status headache, severe stomach pain/cramping, and I would still wake up vomiting. Then my doctor prescribed Dronabinol 5mg. It was a miracle drug. The stomach pain, nausea and vomiting completely stopped. It made me slightly tired in the beginning, but the feeling was more relaxed than tired therefore I could continue to function normally. It also stimulated my appetite which is very important for chemotherapy patient”

10 / 10
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krbsshguy August 16, 2013

Marinol (dronabinol): “Ask you doctor to prescribe Marinol(dronainol) to cure you of your MAJOR Nausea problem. If you are taking large doses of medicines for CANCER OR HIV/AIDS then you probably get nauseous A LOT! We all know that its hard to get anything done when you are nauseated all day. This medicine is a game changer and a life saver. I would go as far as to say that this is a miracle. I'm still in shock how well it is helping my nausea since nothing I ever took before helped as much as this medicine!”

10 / 10
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Anonymous March 16, 2010

Marinol (dronabinol): “My Doctor prescribed Marinol after I had adverse reactions to most antiemetics given to me during chemotherapy. Converting from IV to oral cytotoxins, nausea made my quality of life poor. Marinol made such a positive change for me. Taking between 2.5 and 5 mgs, there is only about 20 minutes of silliness, which my family welcomes, then relief from vomiting for 6 to 8 hours. It has been a life saver for me and for my family.”

9 / 10
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MikeM · Taken for 6 months to 1 year July 1, 2018

Marinol (dronabinol): “Marinol medication was given to me for extreme nausea due to gastroparesis. It has been a godsend. It loses some efficacy if you overuse it but very effective for nausea relief when others haven’t helped. I highly recommend this medication.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous March 19, 2012

Marinol (dronabinol): “I have never personally taken this medication. However, my mother recently was prescribed to Marinol after other medications provided no relief from chemo induced nausea. Her first dose took about 3 hours to kick in (which is a long time when you're nauseated) but after that she's been a brand new person. I'm guessing it takes those first few hours to get fully in your system. She takes it twice a day and has had little to no nausea.”

10 / 10
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skypuppy · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 17, 2012

Marinol (dronabinol): “I have the 2.5 version. It works well about 90% of the time, while Zofran, works about 50% of the time for me. However, I don't like taking even one because of the hangover the next day. Further, it enhances the chronic pain, making the pain worse, sometimes. Never know when that will happen. ”

8 / 10
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Tonnie · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 21, 2018

“I have advanced small cell lung cancer. I'm currently now up to 104 lbs thanks to dronabinol. I have an increased appetite and overall sense of relaxation with the drug. I think it's wonderful. It does what it says and just enjoy the feeling it gives you and relax and EAT! I've gained weight and it relaxes me. Same high as weed just takes longer to kick in. I think people are waiting on euphoria because it's made in a lab. Same thing just give it time. It's pure THC! Chill out , relax and enjoy!”

9 / 10
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mobuckner21 · Taken for less than 1 month September 3, 2015

“I have gastroparesis and a pacemaker for it in my stomach. I've been on every nausea medicine and this is the only one that worked!! I felt so relaxed and my mood went up and my appetite is better than it was.”

7 / 10
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Tennessee75 September 13, 2014

“My mother was given dronabinol almost 3 weeks ago before starting chemo. She was so weak from not eating much in 3 months. I ask the doctor to start her on it a few days before she started chemo to see if it helped her to eat. I was afraid she wouldn't make it through chemo because she was already so weak. Monday will be her third week. So far she has not been sick, not one day and she has also gained 5 lbs. Thanks to God and my mothers miracle pill I really believe she will be able to beat this thing. I just wish it wasn't so hard to get insurance companies to pay for this.”

10 / 10
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what · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 31, 2019

“I've been on Marinol for about 2 years for nausea, appetite, pain and anxiety. I've had 12 surgery's on my stomach and close by areas I've lost 50lbs in the past couple years and it would of been a lot worse without Marinol. It works on multiple areas yet now my insurance won't pay for it after 2 years and its $300 a month so I'm not sure what to do besides the old fashion way but I would rather the Marinol thank you.”

8 / 10
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Airs May 23, 2010

“I was just put on this medicine about 2 weeks ago. So far it has helped a lot with the nausea and a little bit of the vomiting (so far). It has also helped with my appetite a little, seeing that I can seem to eat only one meal a day, this will be a welcome effect if it keeps working or even starts to work better for that. The biggest hurdle or trouble I had was with the Insurance company not wanting to pay for it, I could not afford to pay it either (about ten dollars a pill, the entire 30 pills were almost 300 dollars). So after getting Prior Authuthority denied I asked my doctor to write a letter to the Insurance company stating why she feels I should be on it, it finally went through. So I would recommend this to anyone suffering! Stop SUFFERING.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous August 15, 2012

“As soon as I took first dose I vomited. I feel something else. I could not stand up and fell sleep. When I woke up, my throat hurt and could not eat without painkiller. Next day I took next one, then I vomited again.”

1 / 10
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NatesMawMaw · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 21, 2020

“The past few years I’ve just lost my appetite. I was in a 6 week coma and since that I was never hungry... until marinol! It’s a godsend. At 1st I didn’t know it’s a derivative of marijuana & I thought I was allergic to it because I guess I kinda had “a buzz” (I’m older & I don’t do drugs recreationally) This marinol not only makes you hungry...you actually enjoy the food! I was literally trying not to throw up when I was eating B4 marinol. It’s impossible to choke down food when your scared you you will start to vomit:( I’m so very grateful for this medication. It takes about an hour to make you hungry & about 1/2 hour to relieve nausea. I’ve not had 1 side effect (except the 1st few times I took it and I didn’t know it had pot in it) and then It just made me not feel myself...no hallucinations or anything that extreme. I sure do hope it helps you 2. It stinks 2 have absolutely no appetite or hunger”

9 / 10
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emm1701 · Taken for less than 1 month August 23, 2021

Marinol (dronabinol): “I have severe gastroparesis, which causes constant nausea and vomiting. I have tried ondansetron, granisetron, scopolamine patches, and phenergan to no avail. Dronabinol 5mg has been a miracle drug for my nausea. It takes about 2-3 hours to fully kick in, but my nausea starts going away in 30-45 minutes. While I don’t mind feeling super relaxed and euphoric, I really wish that this didn’t give me those effects, because that means when I have to drive, I can’t take it until I’m back home for the rest of the day, so I just have to deal with the nausea until I’m back home for the day. For that reason, I’m rating it 9/10.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous70 · Taken for 1 to 6 months August 24, 2021

Marinol (dronabinol): “I had transplant surgery a few months ago. I am on immunosuppressive drugs and I am limited to what I can take. My doctor suggested it and I said "Yes, please!" I take 5mg about an hour or two before bed. It takes over an hour to kick in but when it does, it works very well. Helps with body pain and definitely settles my stomach. Sometimes I don't feel it as much, someone said it might have to do with taking it on a full belly. I agree with her. Works for about 4-6 hrs for me. Helps you get to sleep, too! I've had no side effects but you will most likely feel "high" so be very careful.”

8 / 10
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Anonymous December 25, 2011

Marinol (dronabinol): “This drug is not listed for the cancer symptom of not eating and should be. It saved my family members life.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous May 28, 2009

Marinol (dronabinol): “I used Marinol for nausea during cancer therapy. I have to take some narcotics for excessive pain and Marinol still keeps the nausea down that the narcotics create. Makes my life quite a bit easier.”

9 / 10
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Jackinblack1216 · Taken for less than 1 month May 15, 2016

Marinol (dronabinol): “Recently diagnosed advanced lung adenocarcinoma. After surgery began chemotherapy. This med helps allay anxiety, nausea, stimulates appetite and helps me sleep. My mood is improved.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 3, 2015

Marinol (dronabinol): “My husband has chemo induced weight loss, he weighed 117lbs two months ago, and now he weighs 131lbs and it helps with nausea somewhat. He takes two 10 mg capsules daily.”

9 / 10
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PPT July 26, 2008

“I've been using Marinol for a very long time. It's been a life saver for me, especially in combatting nausea. It even makes me hungry and counters the nausea when I do eat.”

9 / 10
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