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Ketorolac Injection

What is a Ketorolac Injection?

Ketorolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication that is administered to provide short-term relief for moderate-to-severe pain.

Indications for Ketorolac Injections

A ketorolac injection may be administered before or after a medical procedure or surgery, or to relieve moderate-to-severe pain. The injection helps you return to routine activities of daily living without significant pain or discomfort as you recover from surgery or an injury.

Contraindications for Ketorolac Injections

Ketorolac injections should not be administered for treating mild pain or chronic pain conditions such as arthritis.

How Ketorolac Injections Work

Ketorolac injections block your body’s production of substances that cause inflammation. This results in the reduction of pain, swelling, and fever.

Ketorolac Injection Procedure

The ketorolac injection is administered into a muscle or vein for fast and effective pain relief. The dosage of the injection will be based on the severity of your medical condition and how your body responds to the medication.

How often can Ketorolac Injections be Administered?

Ketorolac injections may be administered as a one-time treatment or once every 6 hours for no more than 5 days.

Side Effects of Ketorolac Injections

The possible side effects of ketorolac injections include:

  • Pain at the site of injection
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Upset stomach

Precautions for Ketorolac Injections

Before receiving ketorolac injections, inform your doctor about any allergies, medications you are currently taking and your complete medical history to minimize the risk of any adverse reactions.

Related Topics

  • Columbia University Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
  • NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital
  • University of Michigan
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists