Toradol is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug, available in both oral and parenteral forms, that possesses significant analgesic potency. Its analgesic efficacy has been studied extensively for the treatment of moderate-to-severe pain in many clinical settings. Although Toradol possesses significant analgesic potency, it has limited utility as an analgesic for the acute treatment of moderate-to-severe pain in the emergency department. It has analgesic potency but its utility in patients with moderate-to-severe pain is also limited because there is a significant percentage of patients who fail to obtain adequate relief. Toradol is used to relieve moderately severe pain, usually after surgery. Toradol is in a class of medications called NSAIDs. It works by stopping the body's production of a substance that causes pain, fever, and inflammation.
Toradol (Ketorolac) comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken every 4 to 6 hours on a schedule or as needed for pain. If you are taking ketorolac on a schedule, take it at around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand.
The Toradol tablet should be taken with a full glass of water. Toradol is normally given for 5 days or less, including both the injection and oral forms combined. Long-term use of Toradol can damage your kidneys or cause bleeding. If you need to have any type of surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time if you have recently used Toradol.
Do not use any other pain medication without first asking your doctor or pharmacist. Many medicines available over the counter contain aspirin or other medicines similar to Toradol. If you take certain products together you may accidentally take too much of this type of medication. Do not drink alcohol while taking Toradol.
Do not take toradol if you are taking probenecid.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention the medications listed in the important warning section and any of the following: antidepressants; medications for anxiety or mental illness; medications for seizures such as carbamazepine (tegretol) or phenytoin (dilantin); methotrexate (rheumatrex); sedatives; sleeping pills; and tranquilizers. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you more carefully for side effects.
Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had the conditions mentioned in the important warning section or swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, especially if you are in the last few months of your pregnancy, or you plan to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking toradol, call your doctor.
Talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of taking toradol if you are 65 years of age or older. Older adults should not usually take toradol because it is not as safe as other medications that can be used to treat the same condition.
You should know that this medication may make you drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this medication affects you.
Talk to your doctor about the safe use of alcohol while taking this medication. Alcohol can make the side effects of toradol worse.
The combined duration of use of parenteral, oral, and intranasal Toradol should not exceed 5 days. For the short-term management of moderately severe acute pain that requires analgesia at the opioid level, usually in a postoperative setting. Oral, as continuation to parenteral therapy:
Weight 50 kg or more: 20 mg orally once followed by 10 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
Weight less than 50 kg: 10 mg orally once followed by 10 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
Maximum dose: 40 mg/day.
Do not increase the dose or frequency for breakthrough pain; consider supplementing with low dose opioids as needed, if appropriate. Use minimum effective dose, and switch to alternative analgesics as soon as possible.
Toradol may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of the following symptoms, or those mentioned in the important warning section, call your doctor immediately. Do not take any more Toradol until you speak to your doctor.
Toradol may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication. Symptoms of Toradol overdose may include the following: nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, bloody, black, or tarry stools, vomit that is bloody or looks like coffee grounds, drowsiness, slowed breathing or fast, shallow breathing.
Toradol have principally analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory actions. Toradol do not bind to opioid receptors and not classified under the Controlled Substances.