Ketorolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug intended for the treatment of pain, from moderate to severe. It helps to decrease pain, as well as relieve fever and swelling. It’s usually prescribed following a surgery or after some medical procedures, as well as before certain medical manipulations. This drug is most often prescribed under the brand name Toradol; it works in the body by blocking the production of substances that cause inflammation. You will usually be prescribed Toradol for short-term treatment only, usually up to 5 days. This medicine is not intended for mild pain: there are other remedies prescribed for that purpose.
You may not be able to be taking this drug if you have a history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, a blood clotting disorder, severe kidney disease or a stomach ulcer. You need to let your doctor know if you have asthma, ulcerative colitis, kidney disease, liver, heart disease, high blood pressure, a history of heart attack or congestive heart failure, as you may require extra tests or a dose adjustment.
Always make sure you take the exact dose of Ketorolac prescribed at the same intervals. This medicine is usually given by injection followed by an oral dose. Following the injection, Toradol is usually taken at 20 mg once, then at 10 mg every 4 to 6 hours, but no more than 4 doses a day (40 mg). Make sure you take every tablet with a full glass of water.
Possible side effects
Ketorolac can cause side effects like upset stomach, sweating, headache, stomach pain, mild nausea, bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, mild heartburn, ringing in your ears and dizziness. These side effects are unlikely to get worse or bother you too much, but if they do, it’s important to talk to your doctor about them.