Toradol is used for a short-term treatment process for relieving pain in adults. The pain that can be treated with this medicine usually varies from mild to severe. The medicine is usually prescribed to patients before or after medical procedures such as surgery, dental problems, injuries, childbirth, or any other painful procedure. Toradol belongs to the class of drugs known as NSAIDs which stands for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
What are the common side effects of Toradol?
Although severe side effects of this medicine are rare, there have been instances of such effects on a few users. The major side effects of Ultram are mentioned below and will require immediate medical attention if you experience any of these.
Major side effects
- Shortness of breath
- Signs of skin rash
- Signs of anemia due to red blood cell destruction such as bleeding from gums and nose, pale skin, rapid heart rate, easy bruising, blood in stool, urine and vomit, etc.
- Problems in the kidney with symptoms such as little or no urination, swelling of the ankles and feet, feeling tired, being short of breath, etc.
- Signs of liver problems such as black stools, diarrhea, loss of appetite, rapid weight gain or weight loss, dark urine, and symptoms of jaundice such as yellowing of the skin and eyes
There are also a few minor side effects to this drug, but these are temporary and tend to go away once the treatment is completed. It is possible you might not even experience any side effects at all.
Minor side effects
- Abdominal pain
- Lethargy and loss of energy
- Drowsiness and dizziness
- A headache
- Swelling in different parts of the body
- Upset stomach such as diarrhea, vomiting, etc.
These side effects are mild and are fairly common among users. They are not dangerous and do not require you to consult a doctor. However, if you notice these signs aggravating, see a doctor at once.
How does Toradol work?
The active substance in Toradol is Ketorolac. This medicine works to reduce the pain experienced by an individual to help them recover comfortably and return to daily activities. Toradol is given to patients as a part of a 5 to 7-day treatment plan for acute pain to reduce pain and discomfort eventually. The medicine works by reducing the natural chemicals in the brain known as neurotransmitters that are responsible for causing pain and inflammation. Neurotransmitters are natural substances that occur within the body and mediate the transfer of signals to and from the central nervous system and to different parts of the body. With such chemicals reduced in the body, the individual experiences less pain.
How to use the drug Toradol?
Toradol is a prescription medication as well as an over-the-counter drug, but it is advised that it should only be taken with a doctor’s recommendation. The medicine tablet needs to be taken orally with a full glass of water. It is recommended to take this medicine without food, but if you suffer from an upset stomach, you may take it with food or a glass of milk. You may also choose to follow your doctor’s directions. The dosage may vary according to the patient’s medical health, weight, and age. It is recommended that the drug is taken after every 4 to 6-hour intervals, but it is important that you make sure never to exceed 4 dosages per day. It is important to swallow the tablet as a whole and not chew, break, or bite it as this may increase the side effects. Do not alter dosages or overdose as it may lead to serious, potentially fatal, side effects. Take Toradol regularly as per your doctor’s recommendation for the best of results.
Before using Toradol
Do not use Toradol if you are allergic to ketorolac or suffer from stomach ulcers, stomach or intestinal bleeding, blood clotting disorder, injury or bleeding in the brain, severe kidney or liver disease, dehydration, asthma or have scheduled surgery.
Precautions for using Toradol
- May increase risks of heart failure or stroke if taken in high dosages for too long or if the user has heart diseases.
- Avoid using this medicine if you have had a bypass surgery
- May cause stomach or intestinal bleeding, leading to possible death, particularly in older adults.
- Not to be used by kids younger than 2 years of age.
- Pregnant women, especially those in the last 3 months of pregnancy, should not use this medicine as it may harm the growing child or cause uterine bleeding.
- Nursing women should not use this medicine as it passes through breast milk and may have undesirable effects on the nursing baby.
- Limit the use of alcohol and stop smoking while using this medication.