Toradol, also known as ketorolac, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is sometimes used to treat migraines. It can work as an abortive, particularly if inflammation is related to the cause of the migraine.
It can also be used to treat pain in chronic migraine. My use of chronic migraine in this context is for either people who have migraines 50% or more of the time, status migrainosus which is when a migraine lasts 72 hours or longer, and for people like myself that have constant status migrainosus that never stops.
There are limits on how much Toradol can be used because it, like other NSAIDs, can cause internal bleeding and stomach/intestinal ulcers if overused or used in conjunction with OTC NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen. It can also be hard on the kidneys with long term, frequent use.
This information shouldn’t scare you from trying it if your doctor recommends it for you. I get blood tests to monitor kidney, liver, and other body systems every year due to my health conditions and medications. If you have any concerns about taking toradol for migraines you can discuss these sorts of tests to ensure you are well and have peace of mind if you are worried about side effects.
There are a few ways to take toradol. Intramuscular or intravenous injections at a health care provider’s office. There is also a nasal spray so people can administer it more easily at home.
I get it for use at home for intramuscular injection, but I only get 4 doses for a three month span. I use it on days that I don’t take narcotic pain meds.
The limits are essentially the same with the nasal spray toradol. I tried it before, and the name of the med I took was Sprix. The max dose is five days a month for either form due to potential internal bleeding and kidney function impairment.
It doesn’t mean occasional use will cause problems, but everybody is different and if you take other meds that thin blood, even OTC meds, you could experience problems. I am not a medical professional, but I am sharing my experience and knowledge I’ve received from my treatments.
I have a status migraine that’s been going on over 5 & 1/2 years now, so I do several meds at home intramuscularly. I use toradol at home for days that I have worse pain; those days I don’t take pain medication but take toradol instead.
I prefer the injection to the nasal spray because the nasal spray burns. I have thinning and damaged tissue in my nasal passages from chronic inflammation and infections, so I think the burning may be more intense for me. The nasal spray toradol still gave me pain relief. Another consideration is the nasal spray has to be refrigerated.
I think my doctors possibly wouldn’t have given me home injection toradol had my pain and symptoms not been constant for so many years. I think I was a couple of years into this migraine when I got this option.