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Toradol vs. Celebrex

Reviewed on 6/20/2019

Are Toradol and Celebrex the Same Thing?

Toradol (ketorolac tromethamine) and Celebrex (celecoxib) are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used to treat pain and inflammation.

Toradol is used to treat moderately severe pain and inflammation, usually after surgery.

Celebrex is used for the relief of pain, fever, swelling, and tenderness caused by arthritis. Celebrex is also used for familial FAP, acute pain, and menstrual cramps.

The brand name Toradol is no longer available in the U.S. Generic versions may be available.

Side effects of Toradol and Celebrex that are similar include headache, heartburn/indigestion, upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, stomach/abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and dizziness.

Side effects of Toradol that are different from Celebrex include vomiting, constipation, drowsiness, sweating, and ringing in the ears.

Side effects of Celebrex that are different from Toradol include nervousness, headache, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, skin rash, insomnia, and serious stomach and intestinal ulcers.

Both Toradol and Celebrex may interact with aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), alcohol, antidepressants, blood thinners, lithium, heart or blood pressure medications, diuretics (water pills), and ACE inhibitors.

Toradol may also interact with methotrexate, thiothixene, alprazolam, muscle relaxers, steroids, and seizure medications.

Celebrex may also interact with fluconazole.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Toradol?

Common side effects of Toradol include:

  • headache,
  • heartburn,
  • upset stomach,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea,
  • stomach pain,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • constipation,
  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • sweating,
  • and ringing in the ears.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Celebrex?

Common side effects of Celebrex include:

  • headache,
  • abdominal pain,
  • indigestion,
  • diarrhea,
  • nausea,
  • upset stomach,
  • bloating,
  • gas,
  • dizziness,
  • nervousness,
  • headache,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • sore throat,
  • skin rash, and
  • insomnia.

Celebrex may cause serious stomach and intestinal ulcers.

What is Toradol?

Toradol (ketorolac tromethamine) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to treat moderately severe pain and inflammation, usually after surgery. Toradol works by blocking the production of prostaglandins, compounds that cause pain, fever, and inflammation. The brand name Toradol is no longer available in the U.S. Generic versions may be available.

What is Celebrex?

Celebrex used to treat pain and redness, swelling, and heat (inflammation) from medical conditions such as different types of arthritis, menstrual cramps, and other types of short-term pain.

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What Drugs Interact With Toradol?

Drug interactions may occur with lithium, ACE inhibitors, warfarin, and medications used to treat high uric acid levels. Warnings may apply to individuals who have ulcers, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, and bleeding disorders. People who are taking aspirin or NSAIDs should not take Toradol because of the cumulative risk of inducing serious NSAID-related side effects.

What Drugs Interact With Celebrex?

Do not take Celebrex:

How Should Toradol Be Taken?

Toradol is available as a 10 mg tablet and a solution (30 mg per ml) for intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) administration. Toradol solution is administered as a single 15- to 60-mg dose once every 6 hours not to exceed 60 or 120 mg a day. The recommended oral dose is one to two Toradol tablets initially followed by one tablet every 4-6 hours, not to exceed 40 mg daily. Toradol should not be used for more than 5 days.

How Should Celebrex Be Taken?

Carefully consider the potential benefits and risks of Celebrex and other treatment options before deciding to use Celebrex. Use the lowest effective dosage for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals.

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References
SOURCE:

DailyMed. Tramadol Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=baaaa16c-48a8-4d92-83ca-319c091dd931

Pfizer. Celebrex Product Information.

https://www.celebrex.com/

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