Uses

This medication is used to treat severe nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drug treatment (chemotherapy). Nabilone is a man-made drug similar to the natural substances found in marijuana (cannabis). It is works by decreasing the signals in the brain that lead to nausea and vomiting.

How to use Cesamet

See also Side Effects section.

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking nabilone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 2 to 3 times a day. The first dose may be taken the night before chemotherapy treatment. On the day you start chemotherapy, take nabilone 1 to 3 hours before chemotherapy begins. Continue to take this medication as directed by your doctor throughout your chemotherapy treatment cycle. Your doctor may also direct you to continue taking this medication until 24 to 48 hours after your treatment cycle ends. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Use this medication regularly throughout your treatment cycle to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. This medication should not be taken on an "as needed" basis.

Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often or for longer than prescribed. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.

If you suddenly stop using this medication, you may have withdrawal symptoms (such as irritability, trouble sleeping, sweating, and diarrhea). To help prevent withdrawal, your doctor may lower your dose slowly. Withdrawal is more likely if you have used nabilone for a long time or in high doses. Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have withdrawal.

Though it helps many people, this medication may sometimes cause addiction. This risk may be higher if you have a substance use disorder (such as overuse of or addiction to drugs/alcohol). Take this medication exactly as prescribed to lower the risk of addiction. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.

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