Toradol is a prescription, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that is commonly used as an analgesic (painkiller). It inhibits the production of prostaglandins which are responsible for signalling pain, regulating inflammation, and maintaining tissue function. More often, Toradol is used prior to or after a medical procedure. It is used for short term relief of moderate to severe pain. Toradol should not be used for irreversible, long term conditions. Moreover, it should be used only in the recommended dosage as increasing its dose will not give better results, instead it may increase the chances of developing Toradol side effects.
Toradol can be administered in three forms: oral (available as tablets and capsule), Intramuscular and Intravenous which is the soluble, injectable form.
Toradol Side effects (Oral form)
Oral Toradol is available as a 10mg tablet. It is a round and white tablet coated with film and a large red T printed on both sides of the tablet. This medication is not advisable for pediatric use. For adults, dosage should not exceed 40mg whereas for patients who are 65 years or older, the dosage should be adjusted according to the body weight of the patient and on the levels of serum creatinine. Patients with a moderately elevated serum creatinine are usually given low doses.
All medicines though proven safe and effective have side effects. Side effects of Toradol may vary in terms of severity. There are some patients who may not develop any side effects. Various side effects of oral toradol are:
Common but Less Severe Oral Toradol Side Effects: Irritation of the inside of the nose, drowsiness, dizziness, head pain, feel like throwing up, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
Infrequent but Severe Oral Toradol Side Effects: High blood pressure, painful, red or swollen mouth, Inflammation of skin caused by allergy, Itching, Hives, Rash and Reaction due to allergy.
Infrequent but Less Severe Oral Toradol Side Effects: Tinnitus, Indigestion, Infrequent bowel movement, Excessive Sweating Throwing Up, Heartburn and Gas formation.
Rare but Severe Oral Toradol Side Effects: yellowing of skin or eyes, sudden worsening of the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, heart attack, stroke, vocal cord swelling, asthma, fluid in the lungs, bronchospasm, acute peptic ulcer with bleeding, acute peptic ulcer with puncture, tear or hole, ulcer from stomach acid, stomach or intestinal ulcer, blood coming from anus, hepatitis, bleeding of the stomach or intestines, kidney inflammation, kidney failure, bloody urine, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, skin rash with sloughing, hallucination, seizures, swollen tongue, nose bleed, trouble breathing, chest pain, kidney problems causing a decreased amount of urine, Azotemia, abnormal liver function tests, bleeding from wound, aevere allergic reaction, giant hives, pain in abdomen area, water retention, decrease ability of platelet cells to clot, rupture in the wall of the stomach or intestine, anemia, large purple or brown skin blotches and decreased blood platelets.
Although severe side effects of Oral Toradol are less common, it is still necessary that you do not take this for granted because neglecting these side effects may lead to life-threatening complications. It is always best to consult your healthcare provider for better treatment and diagnosis if you develop any of the symptoms mentioned above.
Toradol Side effects (Injection)
Toradol Injection is a clear to slightly yellow coloured solution that is used in single or multiple doses to treat acute pain that is of moderate to severe intensity. It is commonly used for post-surgery management of pain and may be used in combination with other drugs. A health care professional will give you this injection via a needle injecting it into a muscle or vein. However, direct injection of toradol into your veins is not recommended. The usage and doses of Toradol injection depends on your doctor, your condition and your body’s response to treatment. But usually this drug is given in the dosage of 10mg -30mg every 4 to 6 hours for healthy adults and for elderly patients who are 65years or more, doctors recommend a much lower dose.
All medications have known benefits and side effects. That is why it is important that your health care provider knows your medical history before administering Toradol Injection so as to avoid any further complications of your condition. Some of the Toradol side effects (Injection) are as follows:
Common Toradol Side Effects: Upset stomach, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation, Bloating, Gas, Mild heartburn, Stomach pain, Sweating, Dizziness, Headache, Drowsiness and Ringing of the ear.
Serious Toradol Side Effects: Fainting, Pounding heartbeat, Hearing changes or Tinnitus, Mental/mood changes, Persistent/severe headache, Stomach pain, Sudden weight gain, Swelling of the hands or feet, Vision changes and Unusual tiredness.
If you experience any of the above mentioned side effects and your condition continue to worsen consult your doctor immediately. Most of these Toradol side effects caused due to its injection require urgent medical attention and hospitalization.