It is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe for medication for their patients suffering from migraines. These medicines can help to reduce the duration and frequency of the attacks. Sometimes, the patient may suffer from an especially severe migraine attack, which then requires stronger medications.
That’s where NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs come in. They are especially powerful drugs which alleviate the pain associated with migraine headaches. There are several non-prescription NSAIDs that can be bought over the counter. If you’ve tried some of them, and still not got any relief, your doctor may suggest a prescription NSAID. One such prescription drug is Toradol (ketorolac).
Toradol is a drug that can provide some relief from that severe headache that you can’t seem to get rid of with other pain relievers. Toradol is available in tablet form, and it is also dispensed in emergency rooms in the form of injections for migraines.
When prescribing Toradol, a doctor will take his patients through the dangerous side effects associated with it. Since it is a powerful drug, the side effects are also pretty painful. This drug can cause dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, itching, fluid retention, diarrhea, and even bleeding of the gastrointestinal tract.
If you are allergic to NSAIDs or aspirin, Toradol is not for you. Those with history of high blood pressure, kidney or liver problems, and gastrointestinal bleeding should also stay away from Toradol. Finally, this medicine should also be avoided by the elderly and pregnant women.
Alert your doctor of any over the counter NSAIDs that you may have used to treat your severe migraine. It is of utmost importance to provide this detail as Toradol cannot be administered until your body has cleared out all the other NSAIDs. If you do so, you may end up with complications related to overdose. In fact, it is a good idea to inform your healthcare specialist of any and all medications that you are on. If you are currently on tranquilizers, lithium, blood thinners, diuretics, or antidepressants, Toradol cannot be prescribed for you.
While Toradol may be especially effective in providing relief from your severe headache, the side effects associated with it warn you against indiscriminate use. Extreme caution is advised when having this medicine.