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Ketorolac nasal spray is prescribed for the short-term treatment of pain. Specifically, this medicine is used for treating moderate to moderately severe pain for up to five days. It works by blocking the action of certain hormones in the body that cause pain and inflammation. It comes in the form of a nasal spray and is used every six to eight hours.

What Is Ketorolac Nasal Spray?

Ketorolac nasal spray (Sprix™) is a prescription medication approved to treat moderate to moderately severe pain for up to five days.
(Click What Is Ketorolac Nasal Spray Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, ketorolac nasal spray can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medicine will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
Some of the most common side effects of ketorolac nasal spray include but are not limited to:
  • Nasal pain and discomfort
  • Eye tearing
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Throat irritation.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
(Click Side Effects of Ketorolac Nasal Spray to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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