An Introduction to Ketorolac Nasal Spray Uses
Ketorolac nasal spray
™) is a prescription medication used for the short-term treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Short-term is defined as treatment for no longer than five days. Ketorolac
nasal spray is most often given for pain relief following surgery, but can also be used for other acute, short-term pain relief, such as cancer pain or pain caused by kidney stones
This medication should not be used for relieving minor pain. Also, because the nasal spray's use is limited to five days, it should not be used for treating chronic pain.
How Does Ketorolac Nasal Spray Work?
This nasal spray belongs to a group of medications called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs
). Like other NSAIDs, ketorolac nasal spray blocks an enzyme called cyclooxygenase (COX). This enzyme is responsible for making certain hormones (called prostaglandins) that cause pain, inflammation, and fever in the body. By preventing the body from making prostaglandins, ketorolac nasal spray can help alleviate pain.
Is It Safe for Use in Children?
Ketorolac nasal spray has not been approved for use in children younger than 18 years old, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group.
Can Older Adults Use Ketorolac Nasal Spray?
People 65 years of age and older have an increased risk of developing some of the serious side effects of ketorolac nasal spray
, including bleeding. This does not mean this medicine cannot be used in older adults, it just means that it should be used with caution in this age group. Often, people 65 years old or older receive lower doses of this medication.