October 26, 2014
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Toradol

(ketorolac)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02162660 TORADOL 10MG TABLETS
02162644 TORADOL IM 10MG/ML

What side effects are possible with Toradol?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • abdominal or stomach pain
  • bruising at place of injection
  • burning or pain at place of injection
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty sleeping
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • feeling of fullness in abdominal or stomach area
  • gas
  • headache
  • increased sweating
  • indigestion
  • nausea
  • nervousness

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • blurred vision
  • bruising (not at place of injection)
  • change in the amount or colour of urine
  • confusion
  • depression
  • fever
  • hallucinations (e.g., seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there)
  • hearing problems
  • high blood pressure
  • painful or difficult urination
  • pounding, fast heartbeat
  • skin rash or itching
  • small, red spots on skin
  • swelling of the lower legs, ankles, or feet
  • vomiting or persistent indigestion, nausea, stomach pain, or diarrhea
  • weight gain (unusual)
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • bleeding from the rectum or bloody or black, tarry stools
  • chest pain
  • signs of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, mouth, throat, or tongue)
  • vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.





Are there any other precautions or warnings for Toradol?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Allergic reactions: If you have had a reaction to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) or other NSAIDs (e.g., ibuprofen, ketoprofen, diclofenac) that included a runny nose, itchy skin rash, nasal polyps, or shortness of breath and wheezing, you should not take this medication. If you experience symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., hives; difficulty breathing, wheezing; swelling of the face, tongue, or throat), get immediate medical attention.

Bladder symptoms: This medication can cause bladder symptoms such as frequent or painful urination and blood in urine. If you develop these symptoms, stop taking this medication and contact your doctor immediately.

Drowsiness and dizziness: This medication can cause drowsiness or dizziness. Do not drive or operate machinery until you are sure that this medication does not affect your ability to do these safely

Fluid and electrolyte balance: This medication can cause fluid retention. If you have heart failure, high blood pressure, or other medical conditions that increase your risk of fluid retention (e.g., kidney problems), discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Ketorolac may also cause high blood potassium levels. If you are a senior; have diabetes or kidney failure; or are taking beta-blockers (e.g., metoprolol, atenolol), angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (e.g., ramipril, enalapril), or some diuretics (e.g., triamterene, amiloride), you are more at risk of high blood potassium.

Infection: This medication may mask the signs of infection (e.g., fever). If you notice other symptoms of infection (e.g., painful or frequent urination, sore throat, cough) contact your doctor.

Kidney function: This medication can affect kidney function. You have a higher risk of developing kidney problems if you are a senior, take diuretics (water pills; e.g., hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide), or already have kidney disease, liver disease, or heart failure. Your doctor may monitor your kidney function with blood tests if you take this medication.

Liver problems: This medication may affect your liver function or cause liver problems. If you experience symptoms of liver problems (e.g., nausea, vomiting, feeling tired, yellowing of the skin or eyes) contact your doctor immediately. If you have liver problems, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

Long-term use: Long-term use of ketorolac (beyond 5 to 7 days for the tablets, or 2 days for the injection) is not recommended as the risk of side effects increases with the length of treatment.

Ulcers and bleeding in the stomach and intestines: This medication may cause stomach ulcers and bleeding from the stomach. These complications can occur at any time and are sometimes severe.

If you have had a stomach or intestinal ulcer, diverticulosis, Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.

If you experience symptoms of an ulcer or other stomach problems (e.g., stomach or abdominal pain, black stools, blood or coffee grind-like vomit, weakness) contact your doctor immediately or get immediate medical attention.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be taken if you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant.

Breast-feeding: Ketorolac passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication if you are breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children less than 16 years of age.

Seniors: Seniors have a higher risk of side effects with this medication. If you are a senior, your doctor will closely monitor you for side effects and may prescribe a lower dose than usually recommended.

What other drugs could interact with Toradol?

There may be an interaction between ketorolac and any of the following:

  • alcohol
  • anticoagulants (e.g., heparin, warfarin)
  • ASA
  • blood pressure medications (e.g., atenolol, ramipril, amlodipine)
  • carbamazepine
  • cholestyramine
  • colestipol
  • corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone)
  • cyclosporine
  • diuretics (water pills; e.g., spironolactone, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide)
  • herbal products that affect blood clotting (e.g., cat's claw, chamomile, fenugreek, evening primrose, feverfew, garlic, ginger, ginseng, turmeric)
  • lithium
  • methotrexate
  • other NSAIDs (e.g., naproxen, diclofenac)
  • pemetrexed
  • phenytoin
  • potassium supplements
  • probenecid
  • SSRIs (e.g., paroxetine, citalopram, escitalopram)
  • warfarin

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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