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Prescription Drug Coverage

Dronabinol (Marinol) Medicare Coverage

You may be able to find Medicare plan options in your area that cover Dronabinol or Marinol. Learn more about Dronabinol and find Medicare Advantage plans in your area that cover other prescription drugs.
Chemical name: Dronabinol

Brand name: Marinol

Typical dosage: 2.55mg

Typical type: Capsule1

Dronabinol is a medication used to treat nausea and vomiting commonly caused by cancer treatment. Dronabinol is available as a brand name or a generic and comes as an oral capsule or an oral liquid.

Dronabinol is a medication used to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. The brand name equivalent of Dronabinol is called Marinol.

Dronabinol is typically taken before chemotherapy to treat or prevent nausea or vomiting. Dronabinol is an active cannabinoid derived from cannabis.

Dronabinol is typically well tolerated but can cause side effects such as dizziness, feeling tired and changes in behavior such as easier laughter.

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Does Medicare cover Dronabinol or Marinol?

Yes! 100% of Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans cover Dronabinol.1

  • Medicare Advantage plans that offer prescription drug coverage are called Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans (MA-PD). Most Medicare Advantage beneficiaries (88 percent) are enrolled in MA-PDs.2

  • Medicare prescription drugs plans each have their own formulary, or drug list, that details what prescription drugs are covered by the plan and how they are covered.

Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Dronabinol.

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Average costs for Dronabinol with Medicare drug coverage1

Your copay and deductible costs for any prescription drug can vary depending on what coverage stage you’re in.

Deductible stage Typical copay stage
Your deductible is the amount of money you must spend on covered drugs before your Medicare drug coverage starts paying its share of costs.

In the deductible stage, you’re responsible for the full cost of your prescription drugs.

Some Medicare prescription drug plans have a $0 deductible. Medicare drug plans cannot have a deductible more than $480 in 2022.
After you meet your Part D deductible, you enter the initial coverage period.

During this phase (the typical copay stage), you pay a copayment (flat fee) or coinsurance (percentage) for your covered medications.
$15 – $273 $15 – $266

Additional information

If you are using dronabinol to help you eat more, take your dose 1 hour before lunch and dinner. If you are using the liquid form of the medication, take it with a full glass of water.

Stopping dronabinol very suddenly can sometimes lead to withdrawal.

Dronabinol can cause you to feel very dizzy or even pass out. Be careful when performing tasks that require your full attention. Do not smoke, drink alcohol or use other forms of cannabis while taking dronabinol.

Dronabinol can cause mood changes when you start taking it and may be habit-forming with long-term use. Talk to your doctor if you have had problems with substance abuse, addiction or mental problems in the past.

If you are 65 or older, you may experience more side effects.



This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.

Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.


Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.