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Toradol

(Ketorolac)

  • Pill
  • Injection
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Treats pain and inflammation.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

Our pharmacists’ bottom line

Toradol (Ketorolac) is an okay medication for some types of short-term pain, but don't take it for longer than you really need it.

  • Treat pain and inflammation caused by a variety of medical problems including arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other types of short-term pain.
  • Available as a generic.
  • Causes increased risk of stomach bleeding, heart attack, and strokes, so you shouldn't take it long-term.
  • Interacts with a lot of other medications.

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Side effects for Toradol (Ketorolac)

From clinical trials of ketorolac / Moderately severe acute pain 

  • HeadachesHeadaches17% for Toradol vs.0% for placebo
  • Gi painGi pain13% for Toradol vs.0% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea12% for Toradol vs.0% for placebo
  • IndigestionIndigestion12% for Toradol vs.0% for placebo
  • DiarrheaDiarrhea7% for Toradol vs.0% for placebo
  • DizzinessDizziness7% for Toradol vs.0% for placebo
  • DrowsinessDrowsiness6% for Toradol vs.0% for placebo
  • Swelling due to excess fluidSwelling due to excess fluid4% for Toradol vs.0% for placebo
  • Injection site painInjection site pain2% for Toradol vs.0% for placebo

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal renal function
  • Bleeding under the skin
  • Constipation
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Eleveated liver enzymes
  • Gi fullness
  • Gi ulcers
  • Gross bleeding/perforation
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased bleeding time
  • Indigestion
  • Itching
  • Low red blood cells
  • Mouth and lip swelling
  • Nausea
  • Passing gas
  • Rashes
  • Sweating
  • Swelling due to excess fluid
  • Vomiting

What to expect when you take Toradol (Ketorolac)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
  • Don't drink alcohol while using Toradol (Ketorolac).
  • Don't take other anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) without talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Can cause swelling in your legs, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and an upset stomach.
  • Don't take antacids with magnesium since they can interact with Toradol (Ketorolac).
  • Take Toradol (Ketorolac) at the smallest dose possible for the shortest amount of time to prevent an increased risk of heart attack.

Risks and Warnings for Toradol (Ketorolac)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight or obese
    • Smoking

    Toradol (Ketorolac) can increase your chance of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. Take the lowest dose for the shortest time possible to lower your risk. Never take Toradol (Ketorolac) during the first two weeks after having heart surgery.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Toradol (Ketorolac)

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Pregnancy
Alcohol
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Don't drink alcohol while using Toradol (Ketorolac).
Food
  • Tips from our pharmacists
  • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
Kidneys & liver
  • Risks from our pharmacists
  • Toradol (Ketorolac), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time necessary can lower your risk of kidney problems. It's important to get lab tests to check your kidney function periodically if you use Toradol (Ketorolac) for long periods of time.