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Side effects of ketorolac can include diarrhea, headache, and nausea. Other side effects associated with ketorolac may include heartburn, dizziness, and drowsiness. Less common but serious side effects can include kidney problems, liver damage, and congestive heart failure. Ketorolac can increase the risk for major or life-threatening bleeding -- contact your doctor immediately if you experience unusual bleeding.
Side Effects of Ketorolac: An Introduction
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with ketorolac tromethamine (Toradol®); but not everyone who takes this medicine will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. When side effects do occur, in many cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
The risk of side effects seems to vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Your general health
- The amount of ketorolac taken
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medicines you may be taking.
(The side effects discussed below are NOT a complete list of side effects reported with ketorolac. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of ketorolac side effects with you.)
Common Ketorolac Side Effects
Ketorolac has been studied extensively in clinical trials, with many people having been evaluated. In these studies, side effects are always documented and compared to side effects that occur in a similar group of people not taking the medicine. Based on these studies, the most common side effects of ketorolac include:
- Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)
- Heartburn or indigestion
Other side effects occurring in more than 1 percent of people include (but are not limited to):
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Unexplained rash
- Pain at the injection site.