Generic name: Ketorolac tromethamine.

Other brand names: Acular Eye Drops.

Toradol is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, which may trigger pain. 

Quick Facts About Toradol


Used for short-term therapy to relieve pain.

Toradol Dosage

Works faster if taken on an empty stomach; however, may take with an antacid to relieve stomach upset. Take with a full glass of water, and do not lie down for 20 minutes after taking to prevent upper digestive tract irritation.

  • Usual adult dose: 10 milligrams taken as needed, every 4 to 6 hours, up to a maximum of 40 milligrams per day.
  • Usual child dose: not generally prescribed for children.
  • Missed dose: if taking on a regular schedule — take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Toradol Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no specific information available. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: diarrhea, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, indigestion, itching, nausea, stomach and intestinal pain, swelling due to fluid retention.

Less common Toradol side effects: abdominal fullness, constipation, gas, high blood pressure, inflammation of the mouth, rash, red or purple skin spots, sweating, vomiting. Rare side effects: abnormal dreams, allergic reactions, anemia, asthma, belching, black stools, blood in urine, convulsions, decreased amount of urine, difficult or labored breathing, exaggerated feeling of well-being, feinting, fever, fluid in the lungs, flushing, gastritis (inflammation of stomach lining), hallucinations, hives, increased appetite, kidney failure, kidney inflammation, loss of appetite, low blood pressure, nosebleeds, pallor, peptic ulcer, skin inflammation and flaking, Stevens-johnson syndrome (skin peeling), stomach and intestinal bleeding, swelling of the throat or tongue, throbbing heartbeat, tremors, vertigo, weight gain.


Inform your doctor before combining Toradol with:

aspirin, blood thinners such as Coumadin, diuretics such as Lasix and Dyazide, lithium (Lithonate), methotrexate, probenecid (Benemid).

No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Appears in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

Seniors should use with caution.

Not generally prescribed for children.

  • Do not take if you are allergic to Toradol, or if you have had allergic reactions to aspirin or medications similar to Toradol such as nasal polyps; swelling of the face, limbs, and throat; hives; wheezing; or light-headedness.
  • Ulcers or internal bleeding can occur suddenly; doctor should perform frequent check-ups if you take Toradol regularly.
  • Use with caution if you have kidney or liver disease, may cause liver inflammation; if you have high blood pressure or heart disease, Toradol can increase water retention.

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