The World of
Chronic Pain

More than 125 million Amercians are suffering.

Diseases &

These conditions can cause a world of pain.

& Treatment

Be sure you know the cautions and side effects.

Help &

Finding help is not always simple for those in pain.

Safety &

These tips can help prevent a lifetime of pain.

News &

Up-to-date news on pain-related issues.


MARINOL® Capsules contains man-made dronabinol (THC). Dronabinol also occurs naturally, and has been extracted from Cannabis sativa L. (marijuana).

MARINOL® Capsules are often used for HIV and cancer patients as an appetite stimulant and should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor, and indicated on the prescription label. You will most likely start therapy by taking one white capsule (2.5 mg) of MARINOL® Capsules twice daily, before lunch and supper. Your doctor may adjust your MARINOL® Capsules dosage if needed to maximize its effect or to decrease any side effects.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double your dose. MARINOL® Capsules must be swallowed whole to work effectively. Do not crush or chew the capsules.

They are also used for pain control just as medical marijuana is.

Be sure to tell your doctor if you have had any of the following:
  • heart disease
  • current or past drug abuse
  • current or past alcohol abuse
  • mental health problems (mania, depression, schizophrenia)
  • allergies to drugs
If you become pregnant while taking MARINOL® Capsules, stop using it until you have talked to your doctor.

Side Effects: You may experience changes in mood or have other effects when first taking MARINOL® Capsules. Be sure that there is a responsible person nearby when you first take MARINOL® Capsules or when there is an adjustment in your dose. Do not drive or operate machinery until you are certain how you are affected by the medication.

Interactions: MARINOL® Capsules can dangerously interact with alcohol and with other drugs that have an effect on the central nervous system (such as Valium, Librium, Xanax, Seconal, Nembutal, or Phenobarbital). Tell your doctor if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription medicines.

Do not smoke marijuana while using MARINOL® Capsules. This can cause an overdose.