Nabilone oral capsules
What is this medicine?
NABILONE (NAB i lone) is used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by cancer treatment. It is used by patients who do not respond to other medicines.
How should I use this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Patients over 65 years old may have a stronger reaction and need a smaller dose.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
changes in vision
fast, irregular heartbeat
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
hallucinations, loss of contact with reality
unusual bleeding or bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
change in appetite
problems with balance, talking, walking
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
amphetamine or other stimulant drugs
antihistamines for allergy, cough and cold
barbiturates like phenobarbital
certain medicines for bladder problems like oxybutynin, tolterodine
certain medicines for Parkinson's disease like benztropine, trihexyphenidyl
certain medicines for stomach problems like dicyclomine, hyoscyamine
medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin
medicines for sleep
narcotic pain medicines
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children. This medicine can be abused. Keep this medicine in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not share this medicine with anyone. Selling or giving away this medicine is dangerous and is against the law.
This medicine may cause accidental overdose and death if taken by other adults, children, or pets. Mix any unused medicine with a substance like cat litter or coffee grounds. Then throw the medicine away in a sealed container like a sealed bag or a coffee can with a lid. Do not use the medicine after the expiration date.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F).
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
dizziness or fainting spells on standing
high or low blood pressure
history of drug or alcohol abuse problem
mental health problems like depression, mania, or schizophrenia
an unusual or allergic reaction to nabilone, dronabinol, marijuana, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
The first time you take this medicine or have an increase in dose make sure there is a responsible person nearby. You may experience mood changes, easy laughter, or other changes in behavior.
You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you have low blood pressure or if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.
Do not smoke marijuana while you are taking this medicine. It is similar to one of the active substances found in marijuana. You are at increased risk of serious heart and/or nervous system side effects if these drugs are used together.
July 17, 2018