What is Toradol: Effective (and Non-Addictive) Pain Relief

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If you’ve ever had a major surgery, you know that recovery can be incredibly difficult. You often have to limit your daily activities as your body heals — and in the meantime, you have to endure pain and discomfort that can be very severe. This is why many doctors prescribe painkillers like opioids to their patients during the post-op period; in fact, research shows that over 76% of surgical patients in the United States fill a prescription for opioids to cope with pain. 

Of course, there are many people who want to avoid these prescription painkillers. The dangers of opioids are well known. In 2019 alone, 9.7 million people in America abused opioids, which both have uncomfortable side effects and a high potential for addiction.

In an effort to avoid those risks, many people look for a form of pain relief that is strong enough to get the job done but doesn’t carry a risk of addiction like opioids. That’s where Toradol can be useful. 

But what is Toradol? Toradol is a pain relief medication that may be an effective component of pain therapy, especially when administered through an injection or IV infusion. At Mobile IV Nurses, we offer Toradol as an add-in to any of our IV treatments.

What Is Toradol And How Does It Work?

Toradol is the brand name for ketorolac: a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that’s commonly used to relieve moderate to severe pain. As an NSAID, Toradol is not a narcotic and it’s not addictive, but it’s also more potent than typical over-the-counter pain medications.

To understand how Toradol works, we must first discuss what happens to your body after sustaining an injury or infection. During the healing process, your red blood cells create a type of lipid called prostaglandin. These prostaglandins form around the site of tissue damage (like a surgical wound) and trigger a rush of blood to the affected area. While this response is meant to help your body fight off infection, it also causes inflammation as well as warmth, redness, swelling, and, yes, pain. 

Toradol decreases inflammation pain by reducing prostaglandin production in your body. This prevents the negative side effects like swelling and pain while still allowing your body to heal from your injuries.

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What Is Toradol Used For?

This medication is designated for short-term use to counter the effects of moderate to severe pain. It can help with:

  • Post-surgical incision pain
  • Sports or overuse injuries
  • Acute pain caused by medical conditions such as kidney stones, migraines, or sickle cell disease

Some medical professionals also use Toradol to treat migraine pain. This is because Toradol (like all NSAIDs) is an effective abortive therapy for migraines, which means it can stop migraine symptoms after they’ve already started. However, it is important to note that Toradol is not FDA-approved for migraine treatment. If you want to use this medication to manage pain from migraines, you should talk with your doctor first.

Toradol can negatively interact with various types of drugs, including muscle relaxants, blood thinners, and steroid medications. Also, it may not be recommended if you have a history of conditions like: 

  • Heart disease
  • Asthma
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Talk about your health history and current medications with your Toradol injection or IV provider before treatment.

How Is Toradol Administered?

Toradol is available as an oral medication, but it loses effectiveness as it’s absorbed in your digestive tract first. It may also take a little longer to feel the effects. That’s why people opt for a Toradol injection or IV. 

But how will a Toradol shot or infusion help with your pain? Here’s a quick run-down of how IV therapy works: your infusion sends vital medication (along with vitamins and minerals) directly into your bloodstream. This allows your body to put these ingredients to use right away, giving you fast and powerful relief.

At Mobile IV Nurses, we offer Toradol as an added medication to any drip bag. This means you can get an IV Toradol dosage along with electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals, like our Myers’ Cocktail. This is a great all-purpose IV treatment with many uses, thanks to its scientifically-proven combination of ingredients. The Myers’ Cocktail contains:

  • B Complex vitamins
  • Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Glutathione
  • Zinc

These ingredients are helpful if you’re suffering from considerable pain. The B vitamins alleviate pain. Vitamins B12 and C also support healthy nerves and blood cells. An add-in of Glutathione can help fight free radicals that cause oxidative stress in your body. Magnesium also helps ease pain, while zinc aids in tissue repair, which is beneficial if your pain is caused by surgery or injury. 

An injection or IV treatment, which is performed in less than an hour, can bring immediate symptom relief. During the treatment, a medical professional will clean and prep the injection area for the shot or IV. In the case of an IV, the provider will attach a needle to the drip bag so the fluids can flow down into the body. When the procedure is complete, the medical professional will bandage the insertion point, and you can go about your normal day — no recovery time required.

While an IV treatment can help you find relief from pain and other symptoms, it is important to remember that there can be some side effects of a Toradol shot or IV. In some cases, the medication can cause dizziness, headaches, or upset stomach and nausea. This medication is not designed for long-term use, and it can cause serious side effects if used for more than a few days. Your IV or injection provider should detail the potential risks and benefits of Toradol for your particular use. 

Who Should Use Toradol?

As we mentioned earlier, Toradol is most commonly used to treat pain after surgery. This is because Toradol is intended to manage acute, severe, and short-term pain. People are not supposed to use Toradol for longer than five days, which means it is not a suitable option for chronic pain conditions.

If you recently had surgery or sustained a severe injury, a Toradol injection or infusion can be hugely helpful in managing your pain while you recover. It can also be a useful option for dealing with migraine headaches. Almost anyone suffering from this kind of short-term pain can benefit from an IV treatment with Toradol. Nevertheless, it’s always important to consult with a medical professional (like your doctor or IV provider) before taking any new medication.

Why You Should Use Mobile IV Nurses for a Toradol Shot or IV

Mobile IV Nurses is the leading provider of mobile IV therapy. That means we perform our treatments — IVs and injections — in the location of your choice, such as your home, office, or hotel room. This service is especially convenient if your pain prevents you from moving too much or even keeps you from traveling for treatment. You can relax and be as comfortable as possible while we take care of you. 

When you work with us, you also get the benefit of our medical expertise. Our team of professionals consists of registered nurses and paramedics who are experts in IVs and injections. They follow all best practices for safety and patient care, and they use their medical knowledge to help you find the treatment that delivers the best results for you. We customize therapy for each and every patient. 

Add in the fact that we have teams ready to visit patients throughout Arizona and the other areas we serve, and you can see why we’re the best choice for mobile IV treatment. 

Living with the discomfort of pain is tough. But you can still find a powerful, effective treatment to ease that pain without the risks of opioids. Contact Mobile IV Nurses to discuss your options for Toradol treatment and how it can work for you, or check out our schedule online to book an appointment today.


Is Toradol just strong ibuprofen?

Although Toradol is an NSAID, as is ibuprofen, it is not a “strong ibuprofen.” Ibuprofen is designed to treat mild to moderate pain, while Toradol is used to treat more severe pain and inflammation. There is a reason ibuprofen is available over-the-counter and Toradol is a prescription painkiller.

Never take Toradol along with ibuprofen or other NSAIDs. 

What kind of pain does Toradol treat?

Toradol is used to treat post-surgical and other serious pain. That includes pain from sports injuries and acute pain such as that from kidney stones, migraines, and sickle cell disease. 

It works by blocking prostaglandin production. These compounds cause pain, fever, and inflammation.

Toradol is often prescribed in lieu of opioids and the Toradol dosage frequency is usually once or on a regular schedule. How long does Toradol last? Patients can receive subsequent doses every six hours. 

Why did they take Toradol off the market?

In 2021, global health care company Fresenius Kabi issued a voluntary recall of ketorolac tromethamine injection due to the presence of particulate matter. 

While technically the brand name Toradol is no longer available in the U.S, generic versions are available via prescription. Toradol’s generic name is ketorolac. 

Why can’t you lay down after taking Toradol?

Avoid laying down for 15 to 30 minutes after taking Toradol. By staying upright, you can avoid experiencing side effects and irritation that may cause trouble swallowing. 

Is Toradol like a narcotic?

Toradol is not a narcotic or opioid, so it is non-addictive. However, it is recommended only for short-term use as Toradol side effects may occur with longer use. Getting a shot of Toradol may have side effects including: 

  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Mouth sores
  • Sweating

 Due to the risk of these side effects, patients should not take Toradol for more than five days.

Toradol is often used as a substitute for opioid painkillers because it is not addictive. Keep in mind that it cannot be given to patients with heart disease, liver or kidney disease, and other serious ailments. This is because Torodal can react negatively in combination with other drugs, including blood thinners.

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