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Some Toradol Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions with Toradol to be aware of include the following:
- Toradol is meant for the short-term relief of pain. Do not take the medication for more than five days.
- There are certain other medications that may interact with Toradol (see Toradol Drug Interactions).
- Toradol has been reported to cause problems in the stomach and intestines, including bleeding (known as gastrointestinal bleeding), stomach ulcers, and holes in the stomach or intestines. These problems can lead to serious complications or even loss of life. People with a history of an ulcer in the stomach or intestines (peptic ulcer) should not take Toradol. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any signs or symptoms of stomach ulcers or bleeding, including:
o Abdominal pain (or stomach pain)o Indigestiono Black, tarry stoolso Vomiting blood.
- People taking NSAIDs, including Toradol, can suffer kidney damage. It is more common in the elderly and people with kidney disease, heart failure, or liver problems. It is also more common in those taking diuretics or ACE inhibitors.
- All NSAIDs, including Toradol, may cause congestive heart failure or swelling. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice unexplained weight gain or swelling. If you already have heart failure, high blood pressure (hypertension), or another condition that may cause swelling, be sure to let your doctor know. He or she will likely wish to use particular caution when prescribing Toradol in your case.
- People taking Toradol can experience liver damage. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you notice things such as nausea, tiredness, lethargy, itchy or yellowing skin, abdominal pain (or stomach pain), or flu-like symptoms.
- NSAIDs, including Toradol, have been reported to cause allergic reactions. Seek emergency medical attention immediately if you notice things such as hives, unexplained rash, difficulty breathing, and swelling of the face and throat.
- In rare cases, people taking Toradol can develop a very serious rash. If you notice an unexplained rash or blisters, fever, or itchy skin, stop taking the Toradol and call your healthcare provider.
- If you are an alcoholic or drink alcohol frequently, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to starting Toradol. Alcohol can affect the way the liver works, indirectly affecting the Toradol.
- NSAIDs have been known to cause an increase in liver enzymes. Therefore, your healthcare provider may recommend that you have a blood test that assesses your liver function before starting Toradol.
- You should not take Toradol with any other NSAID, as this may increase your risk of experiencing serious side effects. There are many NSAIDs available with or without a prescription, so make sure to read labels carefully. Some examples of NSAIDs include ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®), naproxen (Naprosyn®), naproxen sodium (Aleve®, Anaprox®, Naprelan®), diclofenac (Cataflam®, Voltaren®), indomethacin (Indocin®), nabumetone (Relafen®), oxaprozin (Daypro®), celecoxib (Celebrex®), meloxicam (Mobic®), etodolac (Lodine®), ketoprofen, and others. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of these medications.
- Toradol is a pregnancy Category C medicine, meaning that Toradol could potentially cause harm to your unborn child. If you are pregnant, your healthcare provider will prescribe Toradol only if he or she believes that the benefit to you outweighs the possible risk to your unborn child. Women in the third trimester of pregnancy should not take Toradol because it may cause injury or even death to the developing fetus. If you become pregnant while taking Toradol, contact your healthcare provider immediately (see Toradol and Pregnancy for more information).
- In the past, it was strongly recommended that breastfeeding women not take this medication (the medication even had a "black box warning" to warn women). However, it is now known that Toradol passes through breast milk in very low amounts, probably too low to cause problems in most cases. Nonetheless, make sure your healthcare provider knows if you are breastfeeding before you take this medication.