Ketorolac is the general form of the branded preparation Toradol, which is used to alleviate short-term, moderate and severe pain in adults. This drug is usually prescribed before or after medical procedures or after surgery.
Toradol is in a group of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that work by blocking the production of natural substances that cause inflammation.
This medicine is given in tableted and injectable form. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1989.
NSAIDs, such as Toradol, may increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Although this is rare, this risk may be higher if you have a heart disease or an increased risk of heart disease. Your risk may increase with prolonged use.
This medicine can cause bleeding of the stomach or intestines (JAW and K). Older people may be at a higher risk of bleeding in the stomach. You should not use Toradol if you have stomach or intestinal problems.
To reduce the risk of bleeding in the stomach, take this drug at the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible time. Do not increase your dose or take it more often.
Toradol can not be used directly before or immediately after cardiac bypass surgery or before any type of operation. It should not be used during labor or in patients with severe kidney problems.
Sometimes there may be kidney problems when taking NSAIDs. These problems are more likely if you are dehydrated. You should drink plenty of fluids while taking Toradol and tell your doctor about any signs of dehydration.
You should not take Toradol if you take high doses of aspirin or other NSAIDs.
You should tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have ever had:
- Deterioration of breathing after taking other NSAIDs
- Problems with bleeding or blood clotting
- Blood clotting disorders
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Liver disease
- Nasal polyps
- Problems with the throat, stomach or intestines
- Edema of the lower leg, legs, or hands
You should not take Toradol for more than five days. If you still have pain after five days, talk with your doctor about other medications. You should not take more than 40 milligrams (mg) of the form of Toradol tablets within 24 hours.
You must keep all meetings with your doctor while taking Toradol. Your doctor will closely monitor your symptoms and will most likely order tests to check your body’s response to the drug.
Pregnancy and Toradol
Toradol should only be used when it is clearly necessary during pregnancy. It is not recommended to use during the first and last trimesters because of the possible negative effects that it can have on an unborn baby. The drug can also interfere with the normal functioning of the body during pregnancy. This drug can penetrate into breast milk. You should talk to your doctor before taking Toradol if you are breast-feeding.
Side Effects Toradol
You should tell your doctor if any of the following side effects are serious or not disappearing.
- Ulcers in the mouth
Serious side effects of toradol:
You should immediately notify your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects.
- Yellowing of eyes or skin
- Lack of energy
- Excessive fatigue
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Loss of appetite
- Pale skin
- Pain in the upper right side of the stomach
- Symptoms of influenza
- Rapid heartbeat
- Cloudy, discolored or bloody urine
- Difficult or painful urination
Toradol and alcohol
You should avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while taking Toradol. Daily use of alcohol and tobacco in combination with this drug may increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach.
Toradol and narcotic interactions
You must inform your doctor about all prescription, non-prescription, illegal, recreational, herbal, food or dietary preparations that you take, especially:
- Probenecid (Probalance, Benedict)
- Anticoagulants, such as warfarin (coumadin)
- Aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
- Oral steroids, such as dexamethasone (Decadron), methylprednisolone (Medrol), and prednisone (Deltasone)
- Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as benazepril (Lotensin), captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), fosinopril (Monopril), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), moexipril (Univasc), perindopril (Aceon), quinapril (Accupril) , ramipril (Altace) and trandolapril (Mavik)
- Diuretics (water tablets)
- Medications for anxiety or mental illness
- Medications for seizures, such as carbamazepine (Tegretol) or phenytoin (Dilantin)
- Methotrexate (Rheumatrex)
Toradol and other interactions
Toradol can make you dizzy or drowsy. You should not drive a car, drive a car, or perform any action that requires you to be focused until you are sure that you can do it safely.
This drug can also make you more sensitive to the effects of the sun. You should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun or in a solarium while taking Toradol. In addition, you should use sunscreen and wear protective clothing outdoors.
Dosage of Toradol
Typical dosage for Toradol
Typical doses of Toradol are based on the patient’s medical condition and response to treatment.
If taken internally, this medication is usually given every four to six hours, with a glass of water. If indigestion occurs when taking the oral form of Toradol, you can take it with food, milk or antacid.
Toradol can also be administered by injection into a muscle or vein, as indicated by your physician. It can be administered as a single dose or as part of regular dosing. If it is prescribed permanently, it is usually administered every six hours as needed.
Dosages should be adjusted for people over 65 years of age or weighing less than 110 pounds.
Overdose of Toradol
If you suspect an overdose, you should immediately contact a toxicology center or an emergency room.
Symptoms of overdose may include:
- Severe pain in the stomach
- Labored breathing
- Vomiting, similar to the coffee grounds
Missed dose of Toradol
It is important to take planned doses of Toradol, as directed by your doctor. If you use Toradol on a regular schedule and you miss a dose, contact your doctor to create a new dispensing schedule. Do not “double” the dose to make up for the missed dose.