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Marinol, also known as Dronabinol is a form of cannabis – much like marijuana. Its main function is impacting the central-nervous system and is often used in the same manner that medical marijuana is frequently utilized in.

The drug has been known to be used to treat the loss of appetite that frequently attacks people with AIDS, as well as severe nausea and throwing up that occurs when people undergoing chemotherapy in their efforts to battle cancer.

Generally speaking, Marinol is not prescribed in order to battle depression. That being said, the drug has been used in that regard by some to mixed results. Again, however, Marinol is most often used as a pain reliever that latches onto the central nervous system and does its doing in that manner.

As with any other drug, Marinol comes with certain elements that do not mix well with people who have any of the following:

• epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
• high blood pressure (hypertension);
• heart disease;
• past or present mental illness such as depression, schizophrenia, or other psychotic disorders;
• a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or
• if you are also using other medicines that can affect your central nervous system, such as a tranquilizer, sleep medicine, or anti-psychotic medications.

Also, like any other drug, Marinol comes with a fair share of side effects. Some of these side effects include, but aren’t limited to:

• seizure (convulsions);
• paranoia, extreme fear;
• fast heart rate;
• feeling light-headed, fainting; or
• unusual thoughts or behavior.
• mood changes;
• dizziness, trouble concentrating;
• feeling "high";
• weakness, lack of coordination;
• anxiety, confusion;
• stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
• warmth or tingly feeling; or
• sleep problems (insomnia).

As with any other drug, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable physician before committing to Marinol or any other treatment option.

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