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How Long Does Marinol Stay in Your System?

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The elimination half-life of Marinol (dronabinol) has a two-part half-life, the first being about 4 hours, and the second being between about 25-36 hours. This fact means the time required to eliminate Marinol from a person’s body is between five days and 17+ hours and eight days 6 hours.

This timeline can vary depending on several factors, including the following:

  • Age and weight
  • Existence of co-occurring health conditions
  • Hydration levels and eating habits
  • Liver and kidney conditions
  • Individual biology
  • Amount typically used and how often

Marinol and Drug Testing

Marinol can be identified in standard drug screens, such as the following:

  • Saliva: 1-10 days
  • Blood: 2 days
  • Urine: 2-8 days
  • Hair Follicles: Up to 90 days

What Is Marinol?

The primary ingredient of Marinol is dronabinol, an isomer of THC, and is in a class of substances known as cannabinoids and is also sometimes referred to as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol or delta-9-THC. It works by affecting the brain region that controls appetite, nausea, and vomiting.

Marinol is a drug used to improve appetite and battle weight loss for people who have full-blown AIDS. It may also be used to relieve nausea and vomiting in those undergoing chemotherapy for cancer in those who have already tried other medications to treat these symptoms without significant results.

How Marinol Is Used and Abused

Marinol can be found as a capsule and as a liquid solution to be ingested by mouth. When Marinol capsules and liquid solution are used to treat nausea and vomiting provoked by chemotherapy, it is usually taken 1-3 hours before chemotherapy and then every 2-4 hours after chemotherapy, for a total of 4-6 doses a day.

When Marinol capsules and solutions are used to increase appetite, they are usually taken twice a day, about an hour before lunch and again before dinner. Failure to use Marinol in an amount exceeding those directed, such as taking a higher amount or more often, is considered misuse. Also, manipulating the drug’s form and using it in ways other than orally or without a prescription is abuse and may indicate that a substance use disorder is developing or has already onset.

Marinol Side Effects

Dronabinol has been associated with certain side effects, including the following:

  • Weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Impaired coordination
  • Impaired memory
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drowsiness
  • Impaired concentration
  • Dizziness/lightheadedness
  • Derealization
  • Elevated mood
  • Hallucinations
  • Unusual thoughts
  • Headaches

In rare cases, side effects can be severe. Persons who experience fainting, rapid heartbeat, or seizures should immediately contact emergency medical services or their health provider.

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Marinol Overdose

In case of overdose, please contact poison control at 1-800-222-1222. If the person fainted, had a seizure or difficulties breathing, or can’t be aroused, immediately call 911 for emergency medical services. Symptoms of a Marinol overdose may include the following:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Inappropriate elation
  • Sharper senses than usual
  • Altered time awareness
  • Red eyes
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Impaired memory
  • Derealization
  • Mood swings
  • Trouble urinating
  • Constipation
  • Severely impaired coordination
  • Slurred or difficult speech
  • Dizziness/fainting

Signs of Drug Addiction

When Marinol is abused, it has the potential to lead to addiction. Behavioral signs of drug dependence and addiction may include the following:

  • Frequent absenteeism or being late for work or school
  • Poor performance professionally or academically
  • Missing important engagements involving friends or family
  • Neglect of obligations/responsibilities
  • Being secretive about activities
  • Social withdrawal/isolation or spending time with a new social group that also uses drugs or alcohol
  • Disrupted sleep patterns, insomnia, or excessive sleeping
  • Engagement in illegal activities in order to obtain drugs, such as stealing, dealing illicit substances, or prostitution
  • Legal problems such as arrest and the incurrence of fines
  • Relationship or marital problems
  • Financial problems, sometimes characterized by asking for money from loved ones
  • Impulsiveness and loss of control over the amount and frequency of drug use
  • Cravings and compulsive use of the drug(s) of choice
  • Continued use of intoxicating substances despite the incurrence of adverse consequences

Professional Treatment is Effective and Vital for Recovery

Persons abusing cannabinoids, other drugs, or alcohol are urged to seek the help of a reputable rehab center, such as Just Believe Detox and Just Believe Recovery. Our highly-trained staff are available 24/7 for detox and residential services. We also offer partial hospitalization, which is more flexible and allows those we treat to go home to a private residence in the evenings.

In addition to these programs, we also provide individuals with comprehensive and customized treatment plans that addressed co-occurring disorders and a wide variety of methodologies and activities, including the following:

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Individual and family counseling
  • 12-step peer support groups
  • Relapse prevention
  • Psychoeducation
  • Health and wellness education
  • Relapse prevention
  • Art and music therapy
  • Aftercare planning
  • Alumni events
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If you or a loved one need help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Recovery at (888) 380-0667. Our specialists can assess your individual needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for long-term recovery.
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