This medicine is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It eases pain and reduces fever and inflammation. You should only take this medicine if prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Ketorolac is a drug used to relieve moderate to severe pain, fever, and inflammation. It is used as short-term pain relief, usually after surgery. It should not be used for longer than five days. This is because ketorolac has serious side effects when used for longer periods.
- This medicine is available as an injection, tablet and eyedrop.
- Ketorolac injection (30mg/ml) is given into the veins or muscles after surgery. Your healthcare provider will administer the dose, which will depend on your age and weight.
- The tablets are used as a continuing therapy after you have been given a ketorolac injection. It is available as 10mg tablets taken every 4-6 hours for no longer than five days. The dose taken should not exceed 40mg per day.
- Ketorolac eye drops are used every 6 hours. Use one drop every 6 hours or as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Do not drink alcohol while you are using this medicine.
- If you miss a dose, take it when you remember. Do not use two doses at the same time.
- If you use more than the prescribed amount, seek medical attention immediately.
Side-effects you may experience when you use this medicine include:
- Stomach pain.
- Watery stools.
- Pain or irritation at the injection site.
- Skin rash, if you are allergic to the drug.
In more serious cases, you may experience:
- Difficulty breathing.
- Stomach bleeding and ulcers.
- Chest pain or heart attack.
Report any other side-effects you may experience to your healthcare provider.
- Ketorolac should not be used for longer periods than prescribed.
- It should not be used by children younger than 2 years old.
- If you currently have or have had heart diseases in the past, it will increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
- It worsens stomach ulcers. Inform your healthcare provider if you have active stomach ulcers before you use this medicine.
- It may cause some kidney or liver problems when you use it for long periods of time.
- You may experience dizziness while using this medicine. Do not drive or operate any machinery when you use it.
- If you are to undergo surgery, do not use this medicine three days before the surgery. You may bleed a lot.
- Do not use this medicine during or after delivery. It may cause you to bleed a lot after delivery.
- Due to increased risks of heart attack and heart diseases, do not use this medicine right after heart surgery. Your healthcare provider will prescribe a replacement pain reliever.
- Inform your healthcare provider of other medicines you are taking including herbal pills. It may cause you to bleed more if you currently use drugs like warfarin.
- Avoid taking this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.