Toradol- A short term treatment for mild to severe pain
Toradol is a NSAID that treats inflammation in our body. It works by reducing the pain causing hormones in our body. It is also used as short term treatment (minimum five days or less) to manage moderate to severe pain. The generic name of this medication is Ketorolac and brand name is Toradol.
Avoid using Toradol if you have any recent or active bleeding (including internal bleeding in your body), a stomach ulcer, and serious kidney disease, head injury, blood-clotting disorder, a bleeding, history of serious allergy to an NSAID or aspirin, if any surgery is scheduled, if you are in last couple of months of pregnancy or if you are nursing a baby.
Also avoid using Toradol if you are taking pentoxyflyine, aspirin, probenecid or any other NSAID. Toradol can lead to risks like heart stroke, heart attack when used for a prolonged period or in high doses or if you are suffering from heart disease. Avoid using this medicine prior and post heart bypass surgery. Toradol can lead to intestinal or stomach bleeding, which can be life threatening. These conditions can arise while you are on Toradol, especially in elderly people. Do not take this medicine if you have bleeding intestines or stomach.
Avoid drinking alcohol while using Toradol. Alcohol can accelerate stomach bleeding that occurs due to ketorolac.
To make sure whether Toradol is safe for you or not, speak to your doctor if you have
- liver disease
- high BP, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes or if you smoke
- kidney disease
- fluid retention
- history of bleeding or stomach ulcers
- Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease or inflammatory bowel disease
Avoid using Toradol if you are allergic to ketorolac of have
- recent or active stomach ulcer, intestinal bleeding, stomach bleeding
- if any of your surgery is due like bypass surgery
- dehydration or serious kidney disease
- blood clotting disorder or bleeding disorder
- bleeding in the brain or a head injury
- bleeding due to a recent surgery
- history of allergic reaction using any NSAID or aspirin or asthma
- If you are in last trimester of your pregnancy or nursing a baby
How to use Toradol?
Toradol is initially given in the form of injection and later used as an oral medicine. The injection is given into a vein or a muscle through an IV. Your doctor can give you the injection.
Follow the instructions as given on the label. Do not use the medicine in high doses or for a prolonged period. Use the lowest dose that can be effective to treat your medical condition.
Avoid using Toradol for more than 5 days, including tablets and injection. Using the medication for a long term can cause bleeding or damage your kidneys.
Make sure you consult your doctor before using Toradol to know how to use the drug safely and what is the lowest effective dose for you. It will help you get maximum benefits.