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(ketorolac)

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These medications are comparable to Toradol (ketorolac) or used for similar purposes.

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 swelling. Advil (ibuprofen) works well for treating fever, inflammation, and a variety of mild to moderate pain conditions, 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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6.56Ketorolac
Reviews for Ketorolac
100%
of people (All ages) say Ketorolac is worth it
100%
say it works well
17%
say it's a big hassle
Have you used Toradol (ketorolac)?
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Reviews for ibuprofen
88%
+12% better vs. Ketorolac
52%
+48% better vs. Ketorolac
4%
-13% worse vs. Ketorolac
892 reviews
Have you used Advil (ibuprofen)?
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Reviews for Naproxen
78%
+22% better vs. Ketorolac
48%
+52% better vs. Ketorolac
5%
-12% worse vs. Ketorolac
978 reviews
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Have you used Lodine (etodolac)?
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Reviews for Celebrex
57%
+43% better vs. Ketorolac
38%
+62% better vs. Ketorolac
14%
-3% worse vs. Ketorolac
550 reviews
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Side effects
KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
  • Headaches 17%
  • Gi pain 13%
  • Nausea 12%
  • Indigestion 12%
  • Diarrhea 7%
  • Dizziness 7%
  • Drowsiness 6%
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 4%
  • Injection site pain 2%
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The ibuprofen FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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The Naproxen FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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

FDA side effect reports for Relafen »

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

FDA side effect reports for Lodine »

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

FDA side effect reports for Celebrex »
  • Swelling due to excess fluid 1%
  • Constipation 4%
  • Itching 1%
  • Passing gas 1%
  • Pain in extremity 2%
  • Indigestion 1%
More Diclofenac side effects »
How it works
KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
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 stops the inflammation process in your body, which relieves pain, swelling, and fever.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
KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
Prescription onlyOver-the-counterPrescription or OTCPrescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Chewable tablet
  • Suspension
  • Pill
  • Delayed release tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for
KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
  • Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis Osteoarthritis Pain Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis Pain
Risk factors for serious side effects
KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight or obese
Detailed Toradol (ketorolac) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • Taking Advil (ibuprofen) for a long period of time
  • History of stomach bleeding
  • Age 60 or older
  • Taking aspirin, other NSAIDs, or blood thinners
Detailed Advil (ibuprofen) risks & warnings »
  • History of heart problems
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
Detailed Aleve (naproxen) risks & warnings »
    Coming soon.
      Coming soon.
      • Long-term use
      • History of heart disease
      • History of heart bypass surgery (coronary artery bypass graft/CABG)
      • Age 65 or older
      • History of GI bleed or peptic ulcer disease
      Detailed Celebrex (celecoxib) risks & warnings »
      • History of heart problems
      • High blood pressure
      • High cholesterol
      • Diabetes
      • Being overweight or obese
      Detailed Zorvolex (diclofenac) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      Interactions
      KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
      • Interacts with a lot of other medications.
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      Alcohol
      KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
      • Don't drink alcohol while using Toradol (Ketorolac).
      No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.No alcohol related info.
      • Don't drink alcohol while using Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
      • You should avoid alcohol while on Zorvolex (Diclofenac) since it can increase your risk of stomach issues.
      Food
      KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
      • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
      • Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
      • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
      • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
      • It needs to be taken with food to avoid getting an upset stomach.
      No food related info.No food related info.
      • Take it with a meal or a snack to prevent an upset stomach.
      • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
      Kidneys and liver
      KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
      No kidneys and liver related info.
      • Advil (ibuprofen) can damage your kidneys. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Talk to your doctor if this worries you, or if you already have kidney damage before you start taking Advil (ibuprofen).
      • Aleve (Naproxen) is an NSAID that can lower kidney function or cause damage. Taking the lowest dose for the shortest amount of time lowers your risk. Your doctor should check your kidney function if you take Aleve (Naproxen) for any amount of time.
      • 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.
      No kidneys and liver related info.No kidneys and liver related info.
      • Celebrex (Celecoxib), and similar medications in the NSAID family, can cause lower kidney function or cause permanent kidney damage. You're at higher risk for this if you've a history of kidney disease, heart failure, and liver disease. Taking Diuretic, ACE inhibitor, or Angiotensin Receptor Blocker (ARB) medications also increases your risk. If you are 65 or older you're also at a higher risk for these types of kidney problems.
      • Can hurt your kidneys, so don't use it if you have a history of kidney problems.
      • Can also affect your kidneys or cause permanent kidney damage if taken for a long time.
      • Zorvolex (Diclofenac), 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 Zorvolex (Diclofenac) for long periods of time.
      Pain
      KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
      • Can cause swelling in your legs, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and an upset stomach.
      • Treat pain and inflammation caused by a variety of medical problems including arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other types of short-term pain.
      • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain relief or more than 3 days for fever. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not go away.
      • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
      • Starts relieving pain in 30 to 60 minutes.
      • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
      No pain related info.No pain related info.
      • 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.
      • Can cause swelling in your legs, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, and an upset stomach.
      • 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.
      Upsides and benefits
      KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
      • 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.
      • Advil (ibuprofen) is effective for treating fever, pain, and inflammation.
      • Good for relieving pain due to common conditions like menstrual cramps, toothaches, backaches, and sports-related injuries.
      • Advil (ibuprofen) is generally safe to use, cheap, and available over-the-counter.
      • Advil (ibuprofen) causes less stomach problems than its alternatives.
      • It comes in different flavored liquid forms that makes it easy for children to take.
      • Works well to relieve pain, swelling, and fevers.
      • Good for menstrual cramps, toothaches, body aches, and mild arthritis pain.
      • 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.
      • 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
      KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
      • 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.
      • Advil (ibuprofen) doesn't last as long as other NSAIDs, so you need to take it a few times a day to get relief of your symptoms.
      • It needs to be taken with food or millk to avoid getting an upset stomach.
      • Advil (ibuprofen) is not as safe as other alternatives for pregnant women and people who are age 60 or older.
      • It can cause serious complications like stomach bleeding and kidney problems if taken for a long period of time.
      • Like all NSAIDs, Advil (ibuprofen) can raise your risk of getting blood clots, a 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.
      Coming soonComing soon
      • 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
      KetorolacibuprofenNaproxenRelafenLodineCelebrexDiclofenac
      • 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.
      • Starts working in about 30 to 60 minutes.
      • Take it with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.
      • Do not take for more than 10 days for pain relief or more than 3 days for fever. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not go away.
      • If you normally take a daily aspirin, make sure to take Advil (ibuprofen) at least 30 minutes after taking aspirin or more than 8 hours before taking aspirin. This will help make sure the aspirin still works in your body.
      • Advil (ibuprofen) increases the risk of stomach bleeding so tell your doctor right away if you experience any bleeding.
      • If you are allergic to aspirin, there is a chance you may be allergic to Advil (ibuprofen) as well.
      • 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.
      • Take it with food to avoid getting diarrhea.
      • Don't drink alcohol while using Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
      • 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 Zorvolex (Diclofenac).
      • Take Zorvolex (Diclofenac) at the smallest dose possible for the shortest amount of time to prevent an increased risk of heart attack.
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