Ketorolac (Toradol) Nursing Considerations

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Trade Name





pain relief due to prostaglandin inhibition by blocking of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX)

Therapeutic Class

nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, nonopioid analgesics

Pharmacologic Class

pyrroziline carboxylic acid

Nursing Considerations

• may cause GI bleeding, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, anaphylaxis, drowsiness
• should not exceed 5 days of therapy
• bleeding risk increased with garlic, ginger, and ginkgo
• may decrease effectiveness of hypertensive medications and diuretics

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Hey guys, let’s take a look at the drug. Cator also known as Torodol. This is an oral medication, as you can see here, and it also comes in the injectable form. So the therapeutic class of CLAC is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent or NSAID, and also a non-opioid analgesic. And remember the therapeutic class is how the drug works in the body. So the pharmacologic class is also a non-opioid analgesic. And remember, this is the chemical effect of the drug. So Cator works to relieve pain because it inhibits prostaglandins by blocking the Cox enzyme, which is why it is indicated for the treatment of pain. 

CTOR can cause some side effects, which can include things like drowsiness, GI, bleeding, head aches, and abdominal pain. So besides the side effects that were already mentioned, Cator may also cause anaphylaxis and Stevens Johnson syndrome Cator may decrease the effectiveness of hypertensive medications and diuretics. It’s important for the patient to know that they should not at for more than five days of therapy, because this is a short term medication. And also there is an increased bleeding risk with things like garlic, GCO, and ginger. So it’s super important to ask your patient if they are taking any herbal supplements, because many times they do not consider these, um, drugs. Also guys, Toal orator lack also exists as an intranasal medication and even as eyedrops, which we do commonly use for cataract surgery, sit for TOLAC or go out and be your best self today. And as always happy nursing.

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