Toradol Medication for Pain

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Toradol is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is used for short-term treatment and is not generally prescribed for mild or ongoing chronic conditions. It is recommended to use for no more then five days. Toradol works by reducing hormones that can cause inflammation and pain in your body.

Administration

Toradol is recommended to first be administered to you as an injectable. It is available as an additive to an IV solution or as an IM shot.

Toradol oral tablets should be taken with a full glass of water. Each tablet is 10 mg in strength and is round, white and film-coated with red print on the tablet. Initial oral dose is either 20 mg or 10 mg depending on the patient's individual needs and health. You should not take more then 40 mg per 24 hour period by mouth.

You should not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking Toradol oral tablets. Take Toradol oral with food, milk or an antacid to help prevent and reduce stomach upset.

Common Side Effects

Toradol may cause mild side effects such as an upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, stomach pain, mild heartburn, dizziness, headache, drowsiness, sweating or ringing in your ears.

Serious Side Effects

Stop taking Toradol and seek medical attention immediately if you experience signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling in your face, tongue, lips or throat.

Contact your doctor if while taking Toradol you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, slurred speech, black, bloody, or tarry stools, vision or balance difficulties, coughing up blood, vomiting that looks like coffee grounds or rapid weight gain and swelling.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions have been reported with certain medications while taking Toradol. Tell your doctor about any and all medications that you are currently taking including any antidepressants, blood thinners, diuretics, muscle relaxers, steroids, seizure medications, heart or blood pressure medicine, aspirin or other NSAIDs, or any ACE inhibitors. Report any over the counter medications that you are taking to your physician as well.

Warning

Toradol has been shown to increase your risk of heart or circulation problems. This can include stroke or heart attack. Do not take Toradol before or after heart bypass surgery.

Toroadol also can cause serious effects on the stomach and intestines. Bleeding or perforation are serious health risks that can happen. These conditions can be fatal and can occur without warning.

Considerations

To avoid and reduce side effect risks, you should use take Toradol at the lowest effective dose and for the shortest time possible. Never increase your dosage or take it for longer then prescribed by your physician.

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