Cesamet

Cesamet treats nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. It is a cannabinoid so it may cause you to feel "high".

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Cesamet Overview

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Cesamet is a prescription medication used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy in people who have already taken other medications to treat this type of nausea and vomiting without good results.

Cesamet belongs to a group of drugs called cannabinoids. These work by affecting the area of the brain that controls nausea and vomiting.

This medication comes in capsule form and is taken up to 3 times a day, during a cycle of chemotherapy, with or without food.

Common side effects of Cesamet include euphoria (feeling "high"), vertigo (a sensation of motion or spinning that is often described as dizziness), and dry mouth.

Cesamet can also cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Cesamet affects you.

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Uses of Cesamet

Cesamet is a prescription medication used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy in people who have already taken other medications to treat this type of nausea and vomiting without good results.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

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Nabilone

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Cesamet Drug Class

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Side Effects of Cesamet

Serious side effects have been reported with Cesamet. See the “Cesamet Precautions” section.

Common side effects of Cesamet include the following:

  • drowsiness
  • vertigo (a sensation of motion or spinning that is often described as dizziness)
  • dry mouth
  • euphoria (feeling “high”)
  • failure of muscle control in their arms and legs,
  • headache
  • concentration difficulties

This is not a complete list of Cesamet side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.