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Doctor insights on: Marinol For Fibromyalgia

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Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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I have been treated for fibromyalgia and degenerative joint and disc disease for years. Is marinol effective for chronic pain? I am very leery of opioids.

I have been treated for fibromyalgia and degenerative joint and disc disease for years. Is marinol effective for chronic pain? I am very leery of opioids.

Marinol: Marinol seems to help more with nausea & stimulating appetite, than with chronic pain. People with cancer or other illnesses who have lost their appetites and have lost too much weight benefit from this. It's nothing like opiates for pain control. Many medicines and treatments can work better for fibromyalgia than opiates. I hope you and your physicians can find a helpful regimen for you!

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Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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Diagnosed by specialist in hong kong with chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia. Looking for doctor to prescribe marinol or cesamet. Many thanks!

Diagnosed by specialist in hong kong with chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia. Looking for doctor to prescribe marinol or cesamet. Many thanks!

Internal Medicine: This diagnosis requires a thorough medical evaluation. If you are now back in the states call your local county medical society for an internal medicine referral. If you are out of the country-call the embassy.

Dr. Stuart Wasser Dr. Wasser
Addiction Medicine
31 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Marinol thc--best uses?

Several: But only when other medicine with fewer side effects fail to work sufficiently.

Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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Is marinol legal in new york?

Is marinol legal in new york?

Legal in all States: Marinol is a prescription medicine and thus you cannot get it legally anywhere in the us without a prescription from a licenced physician/nurse. Physicians physicians and nurses (often under supervision of physicians) in all states can issue prescription for this medicine when appropriate. Consult your doc if you have questions/concerns. Good luck.

Dr. Robert Chang Dr. Chang
Ophthalmology
years in practice
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Is marinol sometimes prescribed for glaucoma?

Is marinol sometimes prescribed for glaucoma?

No: Not an effective treatment for glaucoma because it doesn't lower the eye pressure for that long or that much (thus side effects are worse than therapeutic benefit). However, scientists are trying to study the effects to see if a safe drug compound can be derived from the active ingredient.

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Dr. Bac Nguyen Dr. Nguyen
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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What is unusual about the antiemetic marinol?

What is unusual about the antiemetic marinol?

From marijuana: There isn't anything unusual about Marinol besides the fact that it is derived from marijuana. It is a prescription for those having significant anorexia/wt loss from illnesses such as HIV and cancers. Marijuana is still illegal in most states.

Dr. Stuart Wasser Dr. Wasser
Addiction Medicine
31 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni Dr. Majeroni
Family Medicine
years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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Can marinol be used to treat appetite suppression?

Can marinol be used to treat appetite suppression?

No: Marinol is used to increase appetite, for instance in cancer patients on chemotherapy who are unable to gain weight.

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Dr. William A Biermann Dr. Biermann
Internal Medicine - Oncology
42 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What are the pros and cons involved with choosing marinol over smoking pot?

What are the pros and cons involved with choosing marinol over smoking pot?

Legal issue: In pa the only legal option is marinol. There are other concerns in possible contamination of pot with other chemicals that could be toxic when inhaled. Also for asthma or COPD any smoking is not a good idea.

Dr. William A Biermann Dr. Biermann
Internal Medicine - Oncology
42 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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When is the drug marinol used?

When is the drug marinol used?

For appetite: This is a drug related to marijuana. It is used to help with appetite stimulation. Some other related drugs are used for nausea control.

Dr. William A Biermann Dr. Biermann
Internal Medicine - Oncology
42 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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What are the effects of marinol?

What are the effects of marinol?

Appetite help: This is a compound that uses an ingredient found in marijuana. It is used for appetite and nausea control. For some it works well and others not so much. I has less CNS side effect for most people when compared to the parent compound.

Dr. Mark Shukhman Dr. Shukhman
Addiction Medicine
27 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Can you get off marinol/dronabinol?

Can you get off marinol/dronabinol?

Yes: As far as I know, there is no physical dependence, similar to how there is no physical dependence to marijuana. However, if you used it to self medicate for anxiety, for example, your anxiety will unmask when you stop the medication, which might look like withdrawal.

Dr. Mark Shukhman Dr. Shukhman
Addiction Medicine
27 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Where can I find some dronabinol, marinol?

At the pharmacy: This medication is not the same as marijuana, although it produces some of the same effects such as increased appetite. Officially, it can be prescribed for cancer related weight loss, and intractable nausea. The medication is a controlled substance.

Dr. Patrick Tapia Dr. Tapia
Psychiatry
9 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Does marinol make you loose your appetite?

Probably increase: I would expect Marinol to increase your appetite and in fact this medication has an fda indication for anorexia in aids patients and as a treatment for nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy for the treatment of oncological conditions. Stay safe!

Dr. Karl Spector Dr. Spector
Addiction Medicine
21 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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Can I be prescribed marinol if im a minor (under 18) in florida?

Can I be prescribed marinol if im a minor (under 18) in florida?

Doubtful: Unless you have a legitimate medical condition, it would be unlikely that you could get a prescription for marinol. This, of course, is if you go to an ethical doctor. Unfortunately, there are too many doctors (many seem to be located in florida) that will prescribe any medication for anyone as long as they are willing to pay. The good news is that the dea is closing these practices down!

Dr. Joyce Fiedler Dr. Fiedler
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Ralph Wolf Dr. Wolf
Psychiatry
35 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Will my dr. Prescribe marinol for ptsd?

Will my dr. Prescribe marinol for ptsd?

Marinol: I can't speak for your physician but I am not aware of any trials or studies where Marinol was shown to decrease symptoms or their severity in ptsd. It's schedule iii controlled substance by fda and is basically man-made cannabis. Only approved for anorexia/wt. Loss in HIV or severe vomiting while undergoing chemotherapy for ca. I would not rx for ptsd there are other meds that have been studied.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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What is the definition or description of: Marinol allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Marinol allergy?

Marinol allergy?: Marinol (Dronabinol) is a synthetic canabinoid / orexigenic. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: https://www. Drugs. Com/marinol. Html

Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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What is the difference between marijuana and marinol medicinally?

What is the difference between marijuana and marinol medicinally?

Marijuana better!: The cannabis plant contains over 100 different medically-active cannaboids, whereas Marinol is a synthetic version of the most prominent cannaboid, thc. Thc makes people "stoned" & can help with pain & nausea, but many of the medical benefits of marijuana come from other cannaboids like cannabadiol, that do not make one stoned! Most who try both feel the whole plant works much better. See comment:.

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Dr. Barbara Srur Dr. Srur
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
University of Nice U.F.R. of Medicine
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If I want to try marinol for my mental health problems, how do I ask my doctor?

If I want to try marinol for my mental health problems, how do I ask my doctor?

Not advised.: Marinol is not indicated for mental health problems. The main reasons it is used is for aids or cancer related loss of appetite. It is also used to counteract nausea/vomiting related to chemotherapy.

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