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(Ketorolac)

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Toradol
(Ketorolac)

Advil
(Ibuprofen)

Aleve
(Naproxen)

Relafen
(Nabumetone)

Lodine
(Etodolac)

Celebrex
(Celecoxib)

Zorvolex
(Diclofenac)

Treats pain and inflammation. 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.Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation. Advil (Ibuprofen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, but it doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs.Relieves pain, fever, and inflammation. Aleve (Naproxen) works well for mild to moderate pain and inflammation, and it lasts longer than other NSAIDs.Coming soon.Coming soon.Relieves pain and inflammation. Celebrex (Celecoxib) works well for treating pain and causes less upset stomach than other NSAIDs.Treats arthritis pain and swelling. Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is an okay medication used to treat pain and swelling caused by arthritis. However, because of the risk of heart attack, you should limit the amount you take.
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Reviews for Advil (Ibuprofen)
88%
12% vs. Toradol (Ketorolac)
51%
49% vs. Toradol (Ketorolac)
4%
4% vs. Toradol (Ketorolac)
Reviews for Aleve (Naproxen)
78%
22% vs. Toradol (Ketorolac)
46%
54% vs. Toradol (Ketorolac)
5%
5% vs. Toradol (Ketorolac)

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Reviews for Celebrex (Celecoxib)
56%
44% vs. Toradol (Ketorolac)
36%
64% vs. Toradol (Ketorolac)
13%
13% vs. Toradol (Ketorolac)

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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Ibuprofen side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Relafen side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Lodine side effects.

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We haven’t found good data for Celebrex side effects.

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  • Constipation 4%
  • Diarrhea 3%
  • Abdominal pain upper 2%
  • Pain in extremity 2%
  • Itching 1%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 1%
  • Passing gas 1%
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How it works
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Toradol (Ketorolac) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops your body from making chemicals that cause inflammation and pain.Advil (Ibuprofen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Aleve (Naproxen) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Coming soon.Coming soon.Celebrex (Celecoxib) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It blocks the inflammation process in your body, which relieves swelling and pain.Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops your body from making chemicals that cause inflammation and pain.
Type of medication
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Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription only
Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription or OTC
Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription or OTC
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Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
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Pain reliever
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)
Prescription only
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Used for (click to learn more)
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  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis Osteoarthritis Pain Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis pain
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking
  • History of stomach bleeding or ulcers
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Kidney problems
  • At risk for kidney failure
  • Age 65 years or older
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Taking other blood-thinning medications
  • Women of childbearing age
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Pregnancy category
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DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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CFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

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Alcohol
  • Don't drink alcohol while using Toradol (Ketorolac).
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  • You should avoid alcohol while on Zorvolex (Diclofenac) since it can increase your risk of stomach issues.
  • Don't drink alcohol while using Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
Food
  • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent upset stomach.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
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  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
Kidneys and liver
  • 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.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
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  • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • If you're taking it on a regular basis, you'll need to get labs done to make sure your liver and kidneys aren't being affected.
Sex
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Sleep
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Weight
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Upsides and benefits
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  • 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.
  • Ibuprofen works as well as aspirin in treating pain and causes fewer stomach problems.
  • Ibuprofen works better than acetaminophen (Tylenol) at lowering fever and relieving sinus pain.
  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
  • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
  • Although not without side effects, it's been around for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
  • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen, so you can take it less often.
  • Aleve (Naproxen) works as well as Aspirin and Indomethacin to treat arthritis pain, and causes fewer stomach problems.
  • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
  • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
  • Although not without side effects, it's been around for a long time and is generally safe for short-term use.
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  • Relieves pain and inflammation for many types of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Good for treating muscle aches and pains, as well as menstrual cramps.
  • Causes fewer stomach problems than other NSAIDs like Ibuprofen or Naproxen.
  • Lasts longer than Ibuprofen.
  • Clinical studies show that Zorvolex (Diclofenac) is better at relieving arthritis pain than acetaminophen (Tylenol).
  • Can be used as needed to treat pain and swelling.
  • Available as a generic.
Downsides and risks
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  • 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.
  • Ibuprofen doesn't work as long as other NSAIDs, so follow the package directions on how often you can take it.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Can't be taken by pregnant women.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
  • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
  • Can't be taken by pregnant women.
  • It can cause serious kidney and stomach problems (like ulcers and bleeding) the longer you take it.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of having blood clots, heart attack, or stroke.
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  • The longer you take Celebrex (Celecoxib), the more likely you are to have stomach problems, including inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding. Can also happen if you take Celebrex (Celecoxib) on an empty stomach.
  • Like all NSAIDs, it can raise your risk of blood clots, heart attack, or a stroke.
  • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
  • You should avoid alcohol while on Zorvolex (Diclofenac) since it can increase your risk of stomach issues.
  • If you're taking it on a regular basis, you'll need to get labs done to make sure your liver and kidneys aren't being affected.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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  • Don't drink alcohol while using Toradol (Ketorolac).
  • 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.
  • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
  • 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.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent upset stomach.
  • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
  • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
  • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
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  • Starts working in 1 to 3 hours.
  • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Can make you bruise or bleed more easily and it can also cause stomach ulcers.
  • Don't take it with other blood thinners, like aspirin, unless your doctor tells you it's safe.
  • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
  • Don't drink alcohol while using Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
  • Don't take antacids with magnesium since they can interact with Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
  • Take Zorvolex (Diclofenac) at the smallest dose possible for the shortest amount of time to prevent an increased risk of heart attack.
  • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
  • 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.
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