In certain cases, Toradol for migraine is a good option. But there are some risks and side effects that should be considered.
Toradol is actually a brand name, one of many, for ketorolac tromethamine. There are many other brand names, although Toradol may be the most familiar.
Ketorolac belongs to a group of drugs known as NSAIDs – nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other drugs in this category include ibuprofen and fenoprofen.
Toradol for migraine is probably most useful as an emergency treatment at the hospital. Ketorolac, along with diclofenac, are both recommended in the emergency department, although they are not necessarily the first option to try (see Sequence of Treatments in Emergency â€“ what works?).
In the journal Neurology‘s evidence-based guidelines, ketoprofen is one of the higher rated NSAIDs, considered to be “probably effective” according to clinical trials. There are, however, better treatments that should be tried first.
Common side effects with Toradol for migraine include swelling (in feet, ankles, face) and weight gain. As with most NSAIDs, there may be stomach issues such as diarrhea, nausea and stomach pain. Older adults seem to be more sensitive to side effects of ketorolac. It is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
There are some serious side effects, and your risk increases if you take the medication for a longer period of time. Usually ketorolac is recommended for one-time use in the emergency room, or for a brief time (a day or two) to stop a migraine attack at home.
To avoid some stomach related issues, a nasal spray may be prescribed (SPRIX).
If prescribed by your doctor, temporary use of ketorolac may help stop a migraine attack, and is often combined with other medications. However, it’s only a temporary solution.
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