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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ketorolac (Toradol, Toradol IM, Toradol IV/IM)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ketorolac, aspirin, or other NSAIDs, or if you have:
Do not take ketorolac if you are also taking pentoxifylline (Trental) or probenecid (Benemid). Do not take ketorolac with aspirin or other NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), diclofenac (Voltaren), diflunisal (Dolobid), etodolac (Lodine), flurbiprofen (Ansaid), indomethacin (Indocin), ketoprofen (Orudis), ketorolac (Toradol), mefenamic acid (Ponstel), meloxicam (Mobic), nabumetone (Relafen), or piroxicam (Feldene).
Taking an NSAID can increase your risk of life-threatening heart or circulation problems, including heart attack or stroke. This risk will increase the longer you use an NSAID. Do not use this medicine just before or after having heart bypass surgery (also called coronary artery bypass graft, or CABG).
NSAIDs can also increase your risk of serious effects on the stomach or intestines, including bleeding or perforation (forming of a hole). These conditions can be fatal and gastrointestinal effects can occur without warning at any time while you are taking an NSAID. Older adults may have an even greater risk of these serious gastrointestinal side effects.
Before taking ketorolac, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take ketorolac.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Taking ketorolac during labor can increase the risk of bleeding during childbirth. Do not take ketorolac during pregnancy unless your doctor has told you to.
This medication can affect fertility (your ability to have children). Do not take ketorolac while you are trying to get pregnant.
Ketorolac can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not take this medicine without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I take ketorolac (Toradol, Toradol IM, Toradol IV/IM)?
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Ketorolac is not for treating minor aches and pains.
Ketorolac is usually given first as an injection, and then as an oral (by mouth) medicine. Ketorolac injection is given through a needle into a muscle or a vein. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection.
The ketorolac tablet should be taken with a full glass of water.
Ketorolac is normally given for 5 days or less, including both the injection and oral forms combined. Long-term use of ketorolac 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 ketorolac.
Store ketorolac tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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