Nabilone

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

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Nabilone Overview

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Nabilone 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.

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

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

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Uses of Nabilone

Nabilone 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.

Nabilone Brand Names

Nabilone may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Nabilone Drug Class

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Side Effects of Nabilone

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

Common side effects of nabilone 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 nabilone 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.