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Generic name: dronabinoll


What it does:
Helps stimulate the appetite of HIV patients

Traditional dosage:
Varies, but usually starts with one 2.5-mg capsule taken twice daily, before lunch and dinner. Also available in 5-mg or 10-mg capsules. Take the capsules whole; do not crush or chew

Drug interactions, precautions, & recommendations:
Can interact dangerously with alcohol, Valium, Librium, Seconal, Xanax, or Nembutal. Do not smoke marijuana, as this can cause an overdose. Can become habit-forming.

Side effects:
Most serious: amnesia, confusion, delusions, mood changes, feelings of unreality, hallucinations, depression, nervousness, anxiety, and rapid heartbeat Other: clumsiness or unsteadiness, dizziness, drowsiness, euphoria, trouble thinking, nausea, vomiting

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