Toradol (Ketorolac) Explained: Uses, Benefits & More

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Toradol (Ketorolac) Explained: Uses, Benefits & More

Toradol: What Is It - Uses, Benefits, & More | Find Pain Relief with Toradol IV Therapy

It feels like you can’t escape when pain has you in its vise-like grip. It can immobilize you, like a muscle sprain from a pickup basketball game. It can debilitate you, keeping you from your normal routine, like the pain you feel during a migraine attack. The pain is bigger than what an over-the-counter pill can handle, but you’re wary of using a powerful opioid or narcotic drug that can be habit-forming. That’s when Toradol can bring you welcome pain and symptom relief.

What is Toradol?

Toradol is the brand name for a prescription drug called ketorolac. Ketorolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Other types of NSAIDs include ibuprofen, naproxen, and high-dose aspirin. If you’re familiar with these types of medications, it won’t surprise you to learn that NSAIDs, including Toradol, are used for pain management.

What is Toradol Used For?

Toradol is most effective for moderate to intense pain levels. It can decrease the intensity of pain as well as reduce any related symptoms, such as a fever or swelling in the affected area.

Toradol can help the pain associated with the following:

  • Arthritis and gout: Toradol can diminish the pain related to arthritis attacks. It’s especially helpful in cases of gout, an advanced type of arthritis known for intense and sudden flare-ups. Because Toradol is designed for short-term use, it’s not recommended for chronic, ongoing arthritis pain. 
  • Headaches and migraines: Toradol offers powerful pain relief compared to over-the-counter medications. This makes it ideal for severe headaches or the pounding pain experienced during a migraine attack, especially if other medications haven’t worked for you.
  • Post-surgical pain management: If you’re wary of taking an opioid medication while you’re recuperating from a surgical procedure, Toradol is a comparatively safer choice. Pain relief is important after surgery—when you’re not in pain, it’s easier to start moving around again, which can speed up your recovery time.
  • Injury or overuse caused by physical activity: A Toradol shot near the injury site can help ease inflammation that causes pain. Some people use Toradol for back pain, certain kinds of bone fractures, and other injuries.

How Does Toradol Work?

Toradol addresses the inflammation behind the pain. The immune system is the body’s defender, jumping into action with a surge of protective white blood cells at the first sign of an attack on the body. This is why you may experience swelling, warmth, or pain around a surgical incision site, injury or infection. This type of inflammation is usually temporary until the problem is resolved. However, other types of inflammation can be more persistent, such as with autoimmune diseases like arthritis, where the immune system acts as if it’s constantly under attack.

Prostaglandin is one of the key ingredients in the inflammatory response. This hormone is produced in the cells of the body in response to illness or injury. It’s a normal and natural function, but an excess of prostaglandin can result in an increase in pain-causing inflammation. Toradol lowers levels of prostaglandin in the body to reduce inflammation and pain. 

Toradol can be taken in pill form, in an IV drip bag, or through intramuscular injection. A Toradol shot or IV are both highly effective. They’re administered into the bloodstream for more rapid results compared to a pill, which has to move through the digestive system first. 

The Toradol dosage that’s right for you depends on several factors, such as the strength of the drug, the cause of the pain, your age, and overall health. It’s meant for short-term use because it’s a powerful NSAID. 

How Long Does a Toradol Shot Last?

You’ll feel the effects of a Toradol shot within minutes after the injection, especially compared to a pill or tablet. This makes it an effective pain reliever. It usually takes about six hours for Toradol to wear off. Our medical professionals can help determine the best course of treatment for short-term Toradol use that brings you the best results.

Benefits of Toradol Injections and IVs 

You can experience the following benefits of Toradol when you get it in a shot or IV:

  • Rapid pain relief
  • No risk of addiction; Toradol is not an opioid or narcotic so it’s not habit-forming
  • Affordability
  • Ability to stop migraine attacks
  • Strong enough for moderate to severe pain levels

Toradol Injection Precautions and Side Effects 

You should consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before taking Toradol because it is a powerful NSAID. Toradol may not be recommended for people on certain medications. You may also want to avoid it if you have experienced allergic reactions to other NSAIDs or have medical conditions such as gastrointestinal bleeding. Keep in mind:

  • Toradol is meant for short-term use only, generally no longer than five days. Long-term use may increase the risk of serious health issues, such as kidney problems.
  • It’s not recommended for people younger than 17 or older than 65.
  • You should talk with your physician about Toradol use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Toradol doesn’t interact well with certain drugs, so be sure to tell your IV or injection provider if you are on any medications.
  • It may cause drowsiness or dizziness; you’ll want to avoid driving after taking Toradol.
  • Common side effects include swelling, nausea, headache, and diarrhea.

Common side effects of Toradol can include:

  • Swelling at the injection site
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Constipation

Serious side effects are rare but may include mood swings, vision or hearing issues, and fainting. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms.

Can You Take Toradol While Breastfeeding?

You should talk with your physician about Toradol use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The medication isn’t recommended for pain management during labor because it can slow down contractions and impair the baby’s circulatory system. 

Breastfeeding mothers should discuss the pros and cons of taking Toradol because the medication has been detected in breast milk that can be passed on to the baby. When it comes to Toradol and breastfeeding, it’s generally advised that the medication should only be used if the benefits outweigh the risks.

Does Toradol Cause Constipation?

Yes, constipation is a side effect, so make sure you eat a healthy diet while on the medication. It may be helpful to drink plenty of water and eat lots of fruits and vegetables. Your doctor also may suggest a fiber supplement if you get constipated on Toradol.

How Rocky Mountain IV Medics Can Help with a Toradol IV or Injection

The medical professionals on our team understand the benefits of Toradol for pain and symptom relief and have a great deal of experience administering it to patients. Registered nurses perform our treatments to ensure you receive the proper dosage for your needs.

We offer Toradol in both IV and injection forms. All of our packages are reasonably priced, and we have different payment options for your flexibility. Join our VIP program and get special offers and promotions on top of our attractive pricing. 

You can take Toradol on its own via intramuscular injection. You can also include Toradol as an additional supplement to any IV for a low cost. (It’s free for all Silver and Gold IV packages.) We also feature Toradol in our Exorcism IV. This is a potent twist on the Myers’ Cocktail, with extra doses of B12, vitamin C, and glutathione, as well as Toradol, Zofran, Pepcid, and Benadryl. When you contact us for an appointment, we will discuss your current health condition to determine the treatment that will best suit you.

Schedule treatment with Rocky Mountain IV Medics and you also get the benefit of mobile IV therapy. We specialize in delivering our services at your home, office, or other location that’s convenient for you. We understand that your comfort is important, especially when you are in pain, so we want you to relax and take it easy. We have many locations throughout Colorado, which means we can get to patients as quickly as possible—we don’t want you to wait for pain relief any longer than you have to. 

Pain management doesn’t have to be, well, a pain. Let Rocky Mountain IV Medics help you find the relief you need and deserve. Schedule an appointment online today.

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