Is Marinol A Narcotic

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AIDS InfoNet


...patients taking chemotherapy treatment for cancer. It reduces muscle spasms in people with nerve problems like multiple sclerosis and can help treat some types of pain. These uses led to the development of the drug dronabinol (Marinol), a synthetic version of THC. NOTE: Federal and state laws generally forbid the sale or possession of marijuana. Fifteen states and Washington, D.C., have passed "medical marijuana" laws that permit limited use...
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Ready to say f--- it!

I've been HIV+ for 27 yrs. I've taken antiretroviral meds for about 12. My first good long-term combo was Viramune and Ziagen; on and off for about 7 yrs. 3 months ago I showed resistance to Viramune so my doc switched me to 100mg Norvir, 300mg...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...(gut problems not seen much with Fuzeon for which the major side effect if injection site reactions). The narcotics/sedatives/marinol can contribute to somnolence in some patients. Have you been evalauted in a sleep clinic to better define the... Read more »


I was given marinol twice daily but what is best time to take? just before breakfast and dinner or 15 to 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner?Thank you
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is no absolute best answer since absorption rate and effect can vary from person to person. The goal is often to either stimulate appetite or decrease nausea so experimenting with timing in the range of 30 minutes to right before meal is often... Read more »

Virus under control; but Neuropathy making life miserable..

I've been living with HIV since 1986 and have the virus at present undetectable and T-Cell count of 560... My Doc has tried everything imaginable, even going to Holland for a sugar cane medication which failed...I'm currently sleeping only with the...
Brian Conway, M.D.

Response from Brian Conway, M.D.

University of British Columbia 1500 mg three times a day until I conclude it isn't working.If you do use narcotics, it may help to supplement them with Marinol or Cesamet, as recent studies have shown. Read more »

Can a drug test differentiate between Marinol and the real thing?

Hi Dr...i was wondering if a patient has a prescription for marinol and also uses marijuana, will/can a drug test be able to tell that you've actually smoked marijuana even tho you're using marinol? This is important to be because of work-related....
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
...Marinol contains delta 9 THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana. Marijuana usually also contains a bunch of closely related compounds, Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Open Letter From Advocates Urges U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs Not to Withdraw From Needle-Exchange Programs

...from 56 countries on Tuesday signed an open letter urging delegates attending next week's meeting of the U.N. Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria, to "resist" U.S. pressure to withdraw from needle-exchange programs, Inter Press... Read more »
The Well Project

Peripheral Neuropathy and HIV/AIDS

...non-medicaltherapies. Using Tylenol or Advil for mild symptoms of PN may help. If the paincontinues, your doctor may prescribe opioid-based narcotics (Tylenol withcodeine) plus additional drugs such as antidepressants (Elavil), oranticonvulsants... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Wasting Syndrome

...mentioned above. Reducing nausea and vomiting helps increase food intake. Also, appetite stimulants including Megace and Marinol have been used. Megace, unfortunately, is associated with increases in body fat. Marinol (dronabinol) is... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Peripheral Neuropathy

...Other treatments include Neurontin, an anticonvulsant drug; and a gel containing the anesthetic lidocaine. Severe symptoms: Narcotic pain relievers such as codeine or methadone can be used. The anti-seizure medication pregabalin (Lyrica) is... Read more »
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Posted by RayZ, 2 Replies
...Hello folks - Question for the group. I have a friend that has Marinol left over from bad times with HIV. She doesn't want to take any longer and asked if OK to sell. Any input? Appreciate your comments. Read more »


Posted by slitter028, 2 Replies
...I'm thinking about asking my doc for marinol....I am honest with her about smoking weed, and i would like to quit smoking everything, weed and cigs, but without weed i would Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Since my appetite has decreased my Doctor has given me a script for Marinol. It does increase my appetite but I can't control the effects it has on me. I take 2.5 mg three times Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Thanks for the replies. As far as smoking marijuana, I have tried it once and it made me cough so much I actually threw up. I don't smoke cigarettes. My friend said that the more I smoke the less ... Read more »
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