Cesamet Side Effects
Generic name: nabilone
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Dec 17, 2022.
Note: This document contains side effect information about nabilone. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Cesamet.
Common side effects of Cesamet include: ataxia, drowsiness, euphoria, vertigo, lack of concentration, and xerostomia. Other side effects include: dysphoria, and headache. Continue reading for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
Applies to nabilone: oral capsules.
Side effects include:
Adverse effects may be similar to those of marijuana (cannabis) and other cannabinoids.
Drowsiness, vertigo, dry mouth, ataxia, euphoria (i.e., feeling “high”), dysphoria, sleep disturbances, headache.
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Applies to nabilone: oral capsule.
Very common (10% or more): Drowsiness (up to 66%), vertigo/dizziness (up to 59%), ataxia (up to 14%), concentration difficulties (up to 12%)
Common (1% to 10%): Headache, sedation
Frequency not reported: Syncope, cerebral vascular accident, equilibrium dysfunction, paresthesia, tremor, memory disturbance, perception disturbance, convulsions, dystonia, numbness, akathisia, speech disorder, hyperactivity, lightheadedness, coordination disturbance, taste change, nervousness, unconsciousness, hypotonia
Postmarketing reports: CNS depression, CNS stimulation, stupor[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Euphoria (up to 38%), depression (up to 14%), sleep disturbance (up to 11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Dysphoria, disorientation, depersonalization syndrome
Frequency not reported: Hallucinations, confusion, anxiety, abnormal dreams, insomnia, mood swings, inebriated feeling, psychosis, paranoia, apathy, thought disorder, withdrawal, panic disorder, phobic neurosis, emotional disorder
Postmarketing reports: Emotional lability[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Dry mouth (up to 36%)
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Nausea
Frequency not reported: Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, constipation, aphthous ulcer, mouth irritation, gastritis, dyspepsia, thick tongue[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Visual disturbance (up to 13%)
Frequency not reported: Eye irritation, eye dryness, eye disorder, amblyopia, eye swelling, eyelid disease, pupil dilation, photophobia, visual field defect[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Hypotension
Frequency not reported: Orthostatic hypotension, tachycardia, palpitation, hypertension, arrhythmia, elevated supine and standing heart rates[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Asthenia
Frequency not reported: Ear tightness, tinnitus, flushing, hot flashes, bacterial infection, unspecified pain, chest pain, fatigue, chills, malaise, irritability, fever, inhibited walking, face edema, lack of effect[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Anemia
Postmarketing reports: Leukopenia[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Muscle pain, back pain, neck pain, joint pain, twitches[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Increased urination, decreased urination, urinary retention, micturition frequency, impaired urination[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Anorexia, increased appetite
Frequency not reported: Thirst[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Dyspnea, pharyngitis, nasal congestion, sinus headache, dry throat, dry nose, sneezing, nosebleed, cough, voice change[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Anhidrosis, photosensitivity, pruritus, rash, allergic reactions, excessive sweating[Ref]
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- Drug class: miscellaneous antiemetics
Related treatment guides
1. "Product Information. Cesamet (nabilone)." Valeant Pharmaceuticals (2006):
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