Toradol Injections for Migraines
Also referred to as Ketorolac Tromethamine, Toradol is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) used for short-term pain relief. The drug is most commonly used prior to or post-surgery to reduce swelling, pain or fever. Toradol injections may also be prescribed to a patient suffering from a chronic migraine attack whose symptoms have not been controlled by other types of medication.
How Toradol administered and how does it work?
Toradol is administered as an injection to reduce pain associated with a number of conditions including chronic migraine syndrome. The active ingredients in Toradol block the body’s natural production of inflammation-causing chemicals to reduce swelling and fever, thereby decreasing the sensation of pain. Pain relief with Toradol injections can be achieved relatively quickly and may last up to six hours.
What are the common side effects?
Common side effects associated with Toradol injections include:
- Abdominal discomfort
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation
- Dizziness or drowsiness
- Ringing in ears
More serious side effects include:
- Chest pain
- Weakness and shortness of breath
- Visual or speech difficulty
- Bloody stool
- Coughing up blood
- Swelling or weight gain
- Decreased urination
- Skin rash
- Mouth sores
- Bruising in areas other than the injection site
Are Toradol injections for headache disorders FDA approved?
Toradol injections are FDA approved for the treatment of general pain that is moderate to severe. The drug has not been approved specifically for the treatment of headache disorders.
Where are the injection sites for Toradol?
Injections are given intravenously or intramuscularly to relieve moderate to severe pain associated with a migraine attack.
Does Toradol work better for specific migraine and headache types?
Toradol injections are generally used for the emergency or abortive treatment of a severe migraine attack. When other medications fail to produce results, Toradol injections may also be prescribed for use on a more regular basis.