Toradol

(ketorolac)

4.7/ 5 average rating with 18 reviewsforketorolac
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Treats pain and inflammation.

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Our bottom line

Toradol (ketorolac) is a relatively strong NSAID and is a non-opioid medicine that relieves moderate to severe short term pain. However, it can increase your risk of bleeding so it should be used for the shortest time possible.

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Quick facts about ketorolac
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ketorolac)

Upsides

  • Relatively strong NSAID for treating pain and inflammation.
  • An alternative to opioid medications for treating short term pain.
  • Comes in a nasal spray that you can administer yourself if you want to avoid getting injections.
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Downsides

  • Only use for short term pain - for example: pain after getting a surgery.
  • Toradol (ketorolac) can increase the risk of bleeding, so it's not a good choice for people with peptic ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, or a history of these.
  • People with serious kidney problems can't use Toradol (ketorolac).
  • Not for children under 17 years old.
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How it works

Toradol (ketorolac) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It stops your body from making substances that cause inflammation and pain.

Quick facts about ketorolac
  • Drug class: Pain
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ketorolac)

Used for

  • Pain
  • Postoperative ocular pain and inflammation after eye surgery
  • Ocular itching

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Nasal solution
  • Ophthalmic solution
People’s experience with ketorolac

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What to expect when you take Toradol (ketorolac) for

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain/indigestion
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
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Side effect rates for Toradol (ketorolac)

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Risks and Warnings for Toradol (ketorolac)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity
    • 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) or other NSAIDs during the first two weeks after having cardiac bypass 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

Common concerns from people taking Toradol (ketorolac)

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Food
  • Take pills with food or milk to avoid stomach upset.
Kidneys and liver
  • People with serious kidney problems can't use Toradol (ketorolac).
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Toradolon 5/8/2019Used it for kidney stones versus opioids. It is better! It burns at injection site but it lasts several days and works fast!
    50
    Woman
    A couple weeks
    Pain
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Toradolon 5/3/2019Works extremely well for kidney stones. If you don’t pass the stone in 36 hours, get another shot. I tried to go 48 hours, and I was in real discomfort before I got my second shot. Passed the stone before the second shot wore off.
    52
    Man
    Less than a week
    Pain
Pain
  • Relatively strong NSAID for treating pain and inflammation.
  • Only use for short term pain - for example: pain after getting a surgery.
  • Not sure
    Big hassle
    Reviewed Toradolon 8/3/2019As with ANY medications used for pain, this one is a favorite in ER's and by some surgeons. Be VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS MEDICATION. At the first sign of itching of throat or skin, STOP USING IT. God forbid that anyone else has to go through what I went through because the nurses and doctors missed my alert on my paperwork. I came as close to death as I ever want to. I do not understand why the warnings on this med are not stronger. They should be.
    69
    Woman
    A year or so
    Pain
  • Worth it
    Low hassle
    Reviewed Toradolon 4/26/2019Faster action to pain management than Rx Ibuprofen, less nausea in post-operative severe pain relief
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    Man
    A couple weeks
    Pain