Ketorolac is one of the most popular pain medications available over the counter today. Ketorolac can be used for short-term pain relief for moderate to light pain and is prescribed for no more than five days for moderate to severe pain. If patients need to take Ketorolac for a longer period, they should talk to the doctor about the possible benefits and risks involved in long-term use. Most doctors will only prescribe this drug for short periods because of its effectiveness and safety.
Ketorolac should never be used for more than five days for any kind of pain, including mildly chronic (long-term) pain. Short-term use of ketorolac can be beneficial for some people when used properly. Ketorolac should never be used by people with asthma or any kind of respiratory condition. People who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid ketorolac if they plan to breastfeed. Ketorolac can be used by adults with a severe pain condition such as fibromyalgia and has been prescribed by some physicians to help manage the pain of cancer treatments.
People who suffer from asthma should stay away from aspirin while taking ketorolac because aspirin can make the pain of an asthma attack worse. If an asthma attack occurs while on a regular aspirin regimen, patients should contact the doctor immediately and not resume aspirin taking until they have talked with their physician about the possibility of using ketorolac instead. In the past, some patients of cancer treatments had trouble following treatments because they developed a severe allergic reaction to one or even several types of anesthesia or chemotherapy drugs. If patients develop a severe allergic reaction to a drug during treatment with ketorolac, they should stop taking it and contact the physician immediately.
Some prescription or over-the-counter drugs, including acetaminophen (Tylenol), quazepam (Doral), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can interact with ketorolac, and the combined use of these drugs may lead to a greater risk for side effects than they would be under their separate meds. People taking acetaminophen or NSAIDs should monitor their symptoms closely and report them to their prescribing doctor if they experience an increased risk for side effects. Patients taking certain NSAIDs, including ibuprofen (Ibuprofen), may experience an increased risk for stomach ulcer, bleeding, and nausea. Patients who are allergic to aspirin or other anti-steroidal drugs may also experience a side effect from ketorolac and should monitor their symptoms closely.
Ketorolac and paracetamol are commonly used together in the treatment of patients with mild to moderate heart attack and stroke. Patients with a history of stroke or deep vein thrombosis should get emergency medical help immediately if they experience either one of these symptoms after starting to take ketorolac or taking paracetamol. These medications can cause serious problems in the heart if taken by themselves. Accidents that result in death may also occur if someone stopped using ketorolac or paracetamol too soon.
It is not clear how much ketorolac should be taken at one go, as the dosage will vary depending on how fast the person's symptoms improve. If patients experience any serious side effects such as vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, dizziness, confusion, headache, or difficulty breathing, patients should stop using the medicine immediately and contact the doctor. If they experience these symptoms for longer than seven days, a medical diagnosis is needed. Patients should only stop taking ketorolac this often if they have written confirmation from the doctor that the symptoms are caused by ketorolac, and it is recommended that patients stop using the medicine within 2 weeks of any suspected symptoms.