What do ketorolac tablets do?
KETOROLAC (Toradol(R)) is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID). Ketorolac relieves mild to moderate pain in the short-term, including post-operative pain. Ketorolac should not be used for more than 5 days. Generic ketorolac tablets are available.
What should my health care professional know before I take ketorolac?
anemia or other blood disorders
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
heart or circulation problems
If you frequently drink alcohol-containing beverages, more than 3 alcohol-containing beverages a day
stomach or duodenal ulcers
systemic lupus erythematosus
an unusual or allergic reaction to aspirin, other salicylates, other NSAIDs, foods, dyes or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take ketorolac tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow tablets or capsules whole with a full glass of water; take tablets or capsules in an upright or sitting position. Taking a sip of water first, before taking the tablets or capsules, may help you swallow them. If possible take bedtime doses at least 10 minutes before laying down. You can take ketorolac with food to prevent stomach upset. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with ketorolac?
agents that treat or prevent blood clots
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
herbal products that contain feverfew, garlic, ginger, or ginkgo biloba
other antiinflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen or prednisone)
water pills (diuretics)
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking ketorolac?
signs of bleeding – bruising, pinpoint red spots on the skin, black, tarry stools, blood in the urine
Elderly patients are more likely to get side effects.
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
chest pain or irregular heartbeat
pain on swallowing
reduced amount of urine
skin rash, redness, blistering, peeling or itching
stomach pain or cramps
swelling of eyelids, throat, lips or feet
unusual tiredness or weakness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
diarrhea or constipation
gas or heartburn