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User Reviews for Ketorolac

Also known as: Sprix

Ketorolac has an average rating of 6.5 out of 10 from a total of 432 ratings on Drugs.com. 59% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 33% reported a negative experience.

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Summary of Ketorolac reviews 6.5 432 reviews

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Reviews for Ketorolac

Elixothymia · Taken for less than 1 month · January 5, 2021

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I’ve had toradol in an IV twice in the last year at two different ER’s. May as well have handed me one aleve. So, now I have to sit with this excruciating pain for the foreseeable future. Toradol does not work. At all. But does make doctors very proud of themselves for not prescribing an opiate, which would be the thing that would actually help. I hurt all over. This pain is worse the childbirth but hey, who cares, right?”

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Lucygirl RN · May 7, 2018

Toradol (ketorolac) for Postoperative Pain: “Toradol can be very dangerous and the drug company is trying to make it sound like it is the "cure all" for narcotic pain control. Did they tell you that Toradol is like ibuprofen? Did they tell you it can cause ulcers? This is not the drug for pain control. We have morphine and dilaudid, which provide excellent relief without gut bleeds and ulcers, along with blood thinning. All the hospitals are worried about is the opioid crisis (that they created by handing them out like candy), but no one wants to talk about the methamphetamine crisis that is ruining this country. How about dealing with that, and let me give my poor patients some pain relief with morphine or dilaudid.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · March 9, 2020

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I’m a recovering addict (8 years clean) So I can’t risk taking opioids. Thought that I tore ligaments behind my knee, was in constant pain for 3 days before finally I couldn’t take it and went to the VA hospital ER. Turned out I had a massive blood clot and was immediately given a shot of Toradol in my ass cheek for the pain. About 20 minutes later in the blink of an eye my pain vanished. Just gone, for about 12 hours. Something morphine and oxy failed to do after earning 2 Purple Hearts.”

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Sick of doctors · July 25, 2016

Toradol (ketorolac) for Postoperative Pain: “I was shocked when I woke up from my C-section and was very coldly told by my robot nurse that I was "allowed" 4 injections of TORADOL for having my gut ripped open and 2 children taken out. Please! Toradol won't even kill a migraine. Just because some big pharm study came out falsely proclaiming that an anti-inflammatory is more effective than IV opioids for post op pain is utter BS. I was miserable, crying and the hospital wouldn't even let me have 2 Advil except every 4 hours! there is something seriously wrong with our health care system when Toradol is considered first line pain control after ANY invasive surgery. are these people crazy? I left the hospital because they were simply making me more upset which aggravated my pain further.”

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Steph · Taken for 6 months to 1 year · August 23, 2020

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “Thank goodness for Toradol! This is what I ask for when I have a chronic migraine. I am writing this now after a trip to urgent care. It does not take the pain away completely but makes it manageable. Just wanted to share because the pain can be agonizing and I hate for anyone to suffer.”

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BS Medicine finder · Taken for less than 1 month · April 21, 2016

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I was recently involved in a serious car accident. Now the physician even though he knew and sympathized with my pain that being pain in the back, down the spine, chest because airbag deployed only a little made my chest kiss the steering column. I hit my head I think. He said that I will be sore for a long time like 5-7 days minimum. He said that he would write something for pain so I could do my job and function at work. He brought back plain Tylenol (OTC brand) the exact same I could have received by just going to CVS. He wasn't too busy. He could have prescribed a low dose low addictive quality opiod and the alike such as Tramadol, codeine, etc. I wasted money and time. DEA plz stop scaring MD's from doing their job.”

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Trixie · February 15, 2021

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “OMG this is THE BEST pain reliever I’ve had. It even worked better than the IV fentanyl that was ordered following a shoulder surgery. If I could take it every day, I would, but it’s dangerous, and the restrictions are for patient safety. But if it’s an option for pain relief, I’ll take it over a narcotic any day.”

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clittle14 · Taken for less than 1 month · July 22, 2014

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “Greatest medication I have ever taken. I suffer from severe headaches & migraines that I have endured for at least 25 years now. Up until today I never experienced anything that gave me 100% relief from the pain, and it was delivered very quickly! Within 1 hour or less, I had complete pain relief that I had been suffering from this last time for 2 whole days. I could not believe it. In fact, I did not even recall the name of the injection that the doctor gave me, so I called the office back to get the name of this miracle - Toradol. I never had ANY side effects and will forever be grateful to the doctor for using this injection on me.”

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MercWithAMouth · May 22, 2021

For Pain: “My father was prescribed this several days ago to treat a severe infection in one of his molars causing pain. He stopped taking it after 2 days due to the unmanageable amount of stomach pain it was causing him. What I have noticed from reading these comments is two things both of which I find disturbing to say the least. 1 - There is no middle ground or mediocre reaction to this medication, the overwhelming majority of these reviews are 1/10 or 10/10. 2 - Every single one of the 10/10 reviews that I read are all written anonymously and all written as if it's somebody writing dialogue for an advertisement. Regular people don't use descriptors like "wonder drug"... PR/marketing people do. It is also virtually impossible for there to be such disparate reactions to this medication that half say it is ineffective as in it has next to no effect and half reporting "miracle cure" type results. One person's snake oil is not another person's holy water.”

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Mommabear · July 23, 2019

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I went to a carnival with my family and hurt my back on one of the rides. I found out later they weren't even supposed to let people on that part of the ride due to the possibility of injury. So I went to an urgent care clinic as soon as they were open cause my pain hadn't got any better. They gave me Toradol it hurt at the injection site and made my back pain about 2x worse than it already was. It took over an hour to kick in and only gave me relief for about 15 min I then had to wait 2 hrs at a hospital with orders for xrays in severe pain all because I live an hour away from the hospital. My husband called and complained about it and we found out that because we went in with orders we should have been seen right away. I'm stuck with a useless hospital system that taking over every clinic and service possible in my area.. And since we live in an area with a lot of addicts and pill seekers its impossible to get help when its really needed”

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Lezlu · April 19, 2014

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I was given an injection of Toradol at an Emergency Walk-in Clinic this afternoon after spilling a large pot of boiling water all over my thighs. I was in agony when I went in; bordering on screaming in the waiting room. In so much pain they triaged me right away before even registering me. The injection was MIRACULOUS. This evening I have cooked dinner and cleaned up from it, with gauze bandages wrapped around my thighs and ace bandages holding them up. I am terrified of when the effects of the shot will wear off. I have Percocet at home but it's not as good as this injected Toradol was. This seems like the Miracle Painkiller: all the benefits of narcotics but none of the unpleasant side effects.”

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ShellinMN · April 29, 2016

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “On day 3 of the worse migraine of my life, went into the doctor, was given a Toradol shot in my hip. My hip and low back hurt immediately after the injection. Had to wait 30 minutes to see what reaction I'd have. No pain relief after 30 minutes. They said within the hour I should be feeling like a new person. It's been an hour and half and I'm feeling no relief. I'm in so much pain, so nauseous, and beyond frustrated. Ugh... It works differently for everyone, but for me it didn't work at all.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · July 22, 2013

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “Lower back was out to the point of 98% incapacitation. Extreme pain on any movement. After 10 days of severe pain that only got worse, I finally gave up ice/stimulation/medicine and went to urgent care... barely able to walk in. Less than 1 hour after a shot of Toradol, I was walking around the pharmacy/store slowly with only light discomfort, and after 24 hours I was 90% better. After all that pain, it seemed like a miracle. Only had the 1 dose.”

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MiloJane · Taken for 2 to 5 years · July 23, 2019

Sprix (ketorolac) for Pain: “I suffer from severe chronic daily (every single day!) migraines as well as Trigeminal Neuralgia types 1 & 2. Trigeminal Neuralgia is considered to be the worst possible pain a human can experience, is nicknamed “the suicide disease”, and is extremely difficult to manage. I am beyond grateful for this medication! It helps manage both conditions incredibly well. Someone here complained that it was like pouring acid up your nose and down your throat. They aren’t using it properly. It takes a while to get the hang of it (you have to to you head forward and DO NOT inhale!). The only negative is it can only be used sparingly, as an “emergency” medication for your worst days, because the most you can get is 5 vials per month. But I would be in an awful place without this. It makes me stop screaming out (truly) in Trigeminal pain. I dulls my worst migraines. You just learn to choose your battles. It is strong, effective medication for severe and exquisite pain. I highly recommend it.”

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JaeTrem · March 12, 2017

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I have a herniated L5 degenerative disc disease and arthritis when this flares up I can barely walk! I will go to the ER and get the Toradol shot and within 24 hours I am good and it lasts me for at least 3 months!”

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fuzzybunnyslippers · Taken for less than 1 month · February 12, 2015

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “Went in to my doctor after a 3 day migraine. My head hurt so bad they had to turn the lights off in the exam room. They gave me a shot of Toradol and had me lay on the exam table for about 15 minutes. Worked great! After about an hour my migraine was completely gone. The gave me the shot in my thigh it stung for about 5 minutes. My thigh still hurts but ill take it over that migraine any day”

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Donna le Bête Noire · Taken for 1 to 2 years · June 18, 2014

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “On Topamax for seizures, and Imitrex shots, and I still suffer severe migraines. 3-4 days in, I'll call my nurse practitioner, and God Bless Toradol! Less than a week ago, I had a migraine so severe, I passed out, landing face down on hard tile floor. 6 hours at the ER, a CAT scan, and having been given Compazine, Benadryl, Morphine, and an Imitrex shot, they FINALLY gave me Toradol in my IV, like I asked. Sweet relief! I'll be dipped if I can get my neurologist/PCP/nurse practitioner to prescribe Toradol tabs for when I'm at the 3 - 4 day of a migraine. I "get" how you have to be careful due to liver issues with Toradol - but they WILL prescribe a narcotic for the whiplash I'm suffering as a result!”

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Headache · November 14, 2019

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I constantly surprise medical staff when I tell them what drug always works. I start to tell them, wait for the eye roll as they expect me to name some narcotic or opioid. Nope, Toradol. Headaches so bad I am literally throwing up, wearing sunglasses into the dr office and walk out smiling and pain free. Amazing medicine!”

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Marie · Taken for less than 1 month · January 16, 2020

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “dr gave me a toradol shot before a (medically necessary) 16w3d dilation and evacuation (D&E) to relieve pain during the procedure. 1- it stung for about 30 minutes, about the pain/intensity of a severe chemical burn. 2- it DID NOT provide any pain relief, I had to reschedule and return for a week later so they could figure out a safe way to sedate me with my previous bad reactions to sedatives. 3- the injection site still hurts, over a week after. It’s tender, sore all the time... I can’t lay on my left side (which is how I have slept for 20 years), It feels like there’s a bit of a lump at the site, and it hurts more when I walk because my muscles move. The pain from the D&E is already gone, and it’s only been 1 day with no pain meds whatsoever, not even a Tylenol or ibuprofen. But over a week after the injection and it still hurts excessively.”

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Will55 · February 11, 2019

Sprix (ketorolac) for Pain: “I was skeptical and apprehensive about using this medicine after my hip replacement surgery, so for the first 13 days I avoided it. I take piroxicam for my cervical spondylosis and as the days went on the pain in my neck became unbearable, yet my hip pain was minimal. I wasn't able to take the piroxicam with the aspirin I was taking as a blood thinner. This resulted in extreme neck pain and migraine headaches that were debilitating. I gave in and took the Sprix for the first time when on day 14 I just couldn't function. The pain in my neck and head was intolerable so I had to do something. I took it and within 20 minutes or less the pain had moderated to a level I could stand. Within an hour it was almost completely gone. I am now a believer. Glad I tried it!”

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kellyfj · June 12, 2013

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I first started taking Toradol when I was in the E.R. for severe back pain back in 1992. In recent years my pain has gotten worse so I was put on it again. I do not take more than about one a month due to its side effects, none of which I have experienced. The doctor only gives me ten to last me at least ten months. All I know is without it I couldn't handle the pain. After about an hour it starts to work and I feel a lot better. I only take it when the pain is at its worse and I have trouble standing or walking. Just wish I could take it everyday.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · August 5, 2013

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “Was experiencing 10 out of 10 back pain from muscle spasms. Received a 40 mg shot of Toradol. Reduced the pain to maybe 7 or 8. So, it's better than ibuprofen for sure, but it just didn't cut it for serious pain.”

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AdamApril4GD · September 13, 2016

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “After ending up in the ER with the worst migraine I've ever had, the doctor gave me 3 different meds, all through an IV. None of them made a difference. He then gave me Toradol. It took the edge off right away, and after about 10 minutes my migraine was gone. I have taken it ever since. It's the only thing I have found that helps. I wish it worked for everyone as well as it works for me.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months · July 19, 2013

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I had been suffering from severe back pain for a couple of years due to spinal stenosis and get flare ups a couple times a year. After numerous failed physical therapy treatments I was finally given a Toradol shot. Within 30 minutes my pain was relieved. Love this shot! Can't believe I was not offered this medication 3 years ago. The only side effects I had was minor stomach discomfort.”

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Micabrown50 · Taken for less than 1 month · January 10, 2015

Toradol (ketorolac) for Pain: “I have had migraines for 40 years and Botox injections have worked well for the past 2 years but since October ( it is now January) they are starting to come back with a vengeance. I was having them every day over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and my doctor put me on a Prednisone pack for 5 days and I felt great but as soon as I quit taking it, the headaches came back. They were mild and then 3 days later I felt pretty good but got an aura, so I knew a bad one was coming. Sure enough, a bad one woke me up and it was one of the worst ones I have had in years. I called my doctor and they suggested I come in for a Toradal shot. I got the shot and in 10 minutes, sweet relief!! My arm hurt like hell for a while but who cares!”

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