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What Are Ketorolac Injections?

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10.19.21

BY: DR. KYON HOOD, MD

Ketorolac, also known as Toradol, administered via injections or IV therapy can provide short-term relief of moderately severe pain or pain associated with chronic conditions for patients at least 17 old. Usually, ketorolac injections are used in a hospital setting either before or after surgery.

What Are Ketorolac Injections?

Ketorolac, also known as Toradol, is administered via injections or IV therapy can provide short-term relief of moderately severe pain or pain associated with chronic conditions for patients at least 17 old. Usually, ketorolac injections are used in a hospital setting either before or after surgery.

This medication is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that helps control the naturally produced substances in your body that cause inflammation and pain. By reducing this pain, you can recover more comfortably and resume your normal daily activities.

How Can Ketorolac Injections Help?

As mentioned above, ketorolac injections are useful when used before or after a medical procedure to help make the recovery process more comfortable.

There are also other, less severe scenarios where ketorolac/Toradol can be used.

Hangover Relief

Hangovers have the potential to cause stubborn pain throughout our bodies. This pain consists typically of fatigue, weakness, headaches, and muscle aches.

Since Toradol is intravenously injected—unlike other over-the-counter pain meds like ibuprofen, naproxen, and high-dose aspirin—pain relief is more effective and much faster acting.

Workout Recovery

Exercising is extremely important for staying healthy. However, a known side effect of working out is muscle soreness—specifically, delayed onset muscle soreness. Delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is severe stiffness that you may experience for days post-exercise.

Moderate to intense workouts cause microscopic tears that damage muscle tissue. Pain is usually felt in the hours after a workout, during the repair process of these micro-tears.

Ketorolac’s anti-inflammatory properties can help curb some of the swelling and tenderness associated with muscle repair, letting you get back to exercise quicker.

Migraine Relief

As many as 30 million people in the U.S. have migraine headaches. A migraine is often debilitating, and the impact can be tremendous, lasting for hours or even days.

Migraines can make you extra sensitive to light or noise, and can severely hinder your ability to go about your day.

Thankfully, ketorolac is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help treat moderate to severe short-term discomfort, so it is also commonly used to help treat migraines.

Since ketorolac is not an opioid or barbiturate, it’s not habit-forming. When a migraine strikes, a ketorolac injection may be what you need to help get you back on your feet.

Can Toradol Be Injected Intravenously?

Toradol—more generically known as ketorolac—is most commonly used as oral medication, but it can also be administered as an injection or IV.

One of our Registered Nurses will administer the first dose of Toradol through a liquid IV and may provide subsequent doses that are taken orally. Toradol should not be taken over a long period of time, as prolonged use can cause severe side effects such as:

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How Does Toradol Work?

Toradol works to help ease pain by reducing inflammation.

While inflammation is a normal process executed by the immune system when it senses damage in the body, that inflammation can cause pain, swelling, limited movement, headaches, and many more uncomfortable symptoms. A lot of inflammation goes away on its own when the injury has started to heal, but sometimes, it doesn’t seem to go away soon enough.

IV-administered Toradol helps to immediately start working on lowering inflammation in the body to reduce swelling for rapid relief.

What Are the Benefits of Toradol IV Therapy?

Some of the benefits of ketorolac/Toradol administered through a liquid IV include:

  • Rapid relief for moderate to severe discomfort in the short-term
  • Zero risks of addiction
  • Higher potency and impact compared to OTC NSAIDs
  • Ability to help stop a migraine in its tracks

Are There Any Precautions?

Toradol is a powerful NSAID, so it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor prior to use.

Keep the following in mind:

  • Toradol should not be used for more than five consecutive days unless approved by your medical provider.
  • Toradol may cause dizziness or drowsiness, so it’s important not to operate any heavy machinery or drive after taking Toradol until you know how it affects you.
  • Toradol is not recommended for those with an allergy to NSAIDs.
  • Toradol is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Why Choose ivee?

ivee makes in-home health and wellness accessible. With our highly skilled staff of Registered Nurses, we can bring IV-administered ketorolac/Toradol treatment directly to your home, office, or hotel room for fast, easy relief. Just select this treatment from our list of services, pick a time and date (which can be as soon as within two hours of booking), and let us know where to go.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ivee’s IV-administered Ketorolac/Toradol is not a replacement for emergency care. ivee’s Toradol IV therapy is intended to help provide short-term relief for minor aches and discomfort associated with non-disease states like hangovers and exercise-induced pain. Our in-house physician must approve all order requests containing Toradol. Always consult your doctor before utilizing any IV treatment, and seek medical attention if you’re experiencing undiagnosed pain.

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