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Brand name: Ketorolac (Apo) TM

Active ingredients: ketorolac

What it is used for

Ketorolac is indicated for the short-term management of moderately severe, acute pain following surgical procedures. The total duration of ketorolac use should not exceed five days. It is recommended that ketorolac parenteral be used in the immediate post-operative period. Patients can then be converted to an oral formulation (dependent on their analgesic needs), as outlined in the Dosage and Administration Section (Refer to Conversion from Parenteral to Oral Therapy). The total period of treatment utilising the oral and/or intramuscular route of administration is not to exceed five days. General Ketorolac is not recommended for use as an obstetrical pre-operative medication or for obstetrical analgesia because it has not been adequately studied for use in these circumstances and because of the known effects of drugs that inhibit prostaglandin biosynthesis on uterine contraction and fetal circulation. There is no satisfactory evidence for the use of ketorolac in acute exacerbations of chronic painful inflammatory conditions (e.g. rheumatoid or osteoarthritis).

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intramuscular. This medicine is given through a needle inserted into the muscle beneath the skin.

  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

A clear and slightly yellow coloured solution.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Over 65?

This medicine contains the active ingredients:

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient ketorolac

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at

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