Toradol is a member of the pyrrolo-pyrrole group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that is used for the short-term (up to 5 days in adults) treatment of pain. Toradol is not to be administered for minor or chronic conditions.
How it works
NSAIDs work by blocking your body’s production of substances that cause inflammation. NSAIDs are a drug class that provide pain-relieving, fever reducing and in much higher doses; anti-inflammatory results. The anti-inflammatory results are because NSAIDs cause the reduction of the blood clotting and as a result, increase the bleeding.
There are two types of COX enzymes in our body, and these enzymes produce prostaglandins that cause inflammation and pain. The role of NSAIDs is to block the COX enzymes, as a result blocking the production of prostaglandins in the body. Due to this, the fever, pain and inflammation are reduced.
Toradol is first given through an injection and then should be administered orally. The injection is given through an IV, into either a muscle or vein.
The main use of Toradol is the reduction of inflammation around the body, which reduces the swelling and pain one might be experiencing.
It’s always advisable to use the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible period when treating a patient. Toradol should not be given orally as the initial dose. For those below 17 years of age, it’s not recommended to administer Toradol orally.
For those between the ages of 17 to 64, the usual dose is 20mg as the initial dose, and 10mg afterwards.
For adults over the age of 64, individuals with a weight less than 50kg and/or the renally impaired, the initial dose must be 10mg.
Your pharmacist will fill you in on the hours you should have in between doses, depending on your individual factors.
Some of the common side effects one will experience are as follows:
Nausea and vomiting
Swelling of several areas in your body
If patients have asthma, they should refrain from administering toradol as it could create an allergic reaction.
Do not administer the use of Toradol if you have recently had any bleeding, internal and external both, a head injury, kidney diseases, high blood pressure, blood clotting disorders or are scheduled to have surgery. Toradol can also cause stomach and intestinal bleeding, which can sometimes be fatal.
Administering high doses of toradol and for a long term can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Do not administer toradol before a surgery.
If you are allergic to aspirin or any other NSAIDs, make sure your doctor knows before you take Toradol. This medicine may contain inactive ingredients which could cause allergic reactions.
Toradol is also known to make some individuals extremely sensitive to the sun, therefore always wear protective clothing or sunscreen when outside.
You should not use Toradol if you are either breastfeeding or in your last pregnancy. As toradol is a NSAID, it may negatively affect the latter part of the pregnancy, as it tends to affect the blood circulation, renal impairment and late labor.