How Long Does a Toradol Shot Last?

In this article, we’ll answer “how long does a Toradol shot last” in addition to other questions surrounding the popular pain management medication. Toradol is actually a brand name for what is more properly called Ketorolac. We’ll refer to it as Toradol in this article as it is more widely known by this name; however this information should be understood to be in reference to Ketorolac.

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Intramuscular Toradol Shot

If you’re wondering “What is a Toradol Shot?” you’re not alone! Toradol is the brand name for what is generically known as “Ketorolac”. It’s a pain management medication that has become more popular and widely used because unlike other popular opioids used for pain relief, Toradol has much lower addiction potential. 


Toradol is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that behaves similarly to other drugs of this type. It is used to treat severe pain that is too strong to be handled by over-the-counter pain relievers but should only be used short term. Like most things, it is associated with side effects that other NSAIDs can have. When used longer than the recommended 5 days, these side effects and their likelihood can increase.


It is often administered through an IM shot, or intramuscular shot. This where a nurse prepares a dosage of Toradol to be injected into muscular tissue.

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Toradol, more accurately known as Ketorolac, is used to treat pain in migraines and other inflammation-caused pain conditions. Just like other NSAIDs it is fast acting and relatively safe, especially when compared to the opioid alternatives. So what are the benefits of a toradol shot and how long do they last?


Toradol Benefits:

  • Decreases inflammation
  • Helps with headaches and migraines
  • Bone metastases pain reduction
  • Post surgery pain reduction

How Long Does a Toradol Shot Last?

The administration of at Toradol shot is quick and easy, IV administration can take up to 45 minutes; however the effects of the IV can be felt almost instantly.


According to GoodRx Health, the effects of the Toradol shot last up to 6 hours, with the full impact being felt usually after an hour or two. The 6 hour mark is the half life for Toradol in the body but the effects can remain for up to 33 hours.

It is important to note that Toradol should not be taken for more than 5 consecutive days and should be taken only with a doctor’s approval.

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Side Effects of Toradol Shots

As previously mentioned, some of Toradol’s side effects are similar to other NSAIDs and can include: 

  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Hematological function issues
  • Renal function issues
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach pain
  • Itching
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting

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Toradol IV Infusion

While Toradol is most commonly administered via intramuscular shot, there are other methods of getting treated with it. The most common, along side a Toradol shot, is through an IV.


Both IVs and IM shots allow for the pain management medication to be absorbed quickly. This is especially great for conditions such as migraine, or inflammation-caused pain. 


At Drp IV, we offer both Toradol IM Shots, and IV packages containing Toradol. If you don’t opt for our Migraine Drip, you can get Toradol as an additive to whatever drip you decide on.


Other methods of Toradol administration can be tablets, nasal sprays, or eye drops. Nasal sprays and eye drops are specifically offered with the generic form/name of Toradol, ketorolac. These methods, especially tablets, are not as popular due to the inefficient absorption of taking medication, or supplements, orally.

What is Toradol Used For?

If you’re in pain, it isn’t uncommon to ask how long does a Toradol shot last. The type of pain one experiences may or may not be best treated with Toradol. For that purpose, here is a list of what Toradol is commonly used for:

  • Migraines 
  • Postoperative pain management
  •  Short term, severe pain (typically just for adults)


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