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Ketorolac is a custom pharmacy drug classified in the family of medications known as NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ketorolac interrupts the body's production of a particular substance that initiates inflammation and pain. Ketorolac is often used post-surgery for relief of moderate to intense pain. This drug is a short-term drug and as such is not intended for use beyond five days.


Ketorolac is typically given intravenously or intramuscularly at first, while the patient is still in a clinic or hospital environment. If your attending physician feels that you should continue use of ketorolac you may be prescribed an oral form for home use of no more than the next four days for a maximum combined days of use of five days total. Ketorolac is not to be used for more than five days in any form. Ketorolac tablets are usually taken every four to six hours. It is important to take ketorolac at the same time each day. If you have any questions, consult with your compounding pharmacist or primary care doctor regarding dosage or usage. Never take more than prescribed and follow your doctor's directions precisely.


It is possible to experience some unwanted side effects while using ketorolac. Be aware of any side effects and contact your doctor right away if any worsen or persist. While side effects may differ from person to person, a list of some of the more commonly experienced is below.

  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Gas
  • Dizzy Feeling
  • Drowsiness
  • Mouth Sores

Possible Severe Side Effects:

Unfortunately some patients using this drug may experience severe side effects. If you experience anything that feels severe to you, or anything on the list below, seek medical treatment at once:

  • Shortness of Breath
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Fever
  • Blisters
  • Unusual Weight Gain
  • Swelling In The Abdomen
  • Flu Symptoms
  • Paleness of Skin
  • Quickened Heartbeat
  • Cloudy and/or Bloody Urine
  • Back Pain
  • Painful Urination
  • Difficulty Urinating
  • Unusual Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • No Energy
  • Nausea
  • Swelling of the Ankles, Feet, or Legs
  • Jaundice
  • Extreme Tiredness
  • No Appetite
  • Stomach Pain In The Upper Right Area of Stomach


Do not take this drug without clearing it with your doctor. Ask your doctor about possible contraindications that may be specific to you.

WARNING: Ketorolac may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.

WARNING: Ketorolac may cause internal bleeding, holes in the stomach, kidney failure, or ulcers. Talk to your doctor about the potential risks of using this drug.

WARNING: Do not take any other NSAIDs, aspirin or otherwise, while taking ketorolac.

Do not take ketorolac if you have any heart problems or issues unless your doctor has deemed this drug absolutely necessary.

If you are planning a surgical procedure of any kind, do not take ketorolac.

Do not use this drug if you are breastfeeding.

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