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Ketorolac in clinical practice

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The paper reviews the data available in the literature on the use of ketorolac in clinical practice. Ketorolac is a highly effective analgesic that has proven to be the best drug in the treatment of pronounced acute pain (during monotherapy and combination analgesic therapy) in the postoperative period or after serious injuries. The drug is excellently combined with narcotic analgesics, which permits reductions in the dose of opioids and in the risk of their adverse reactions. When given in standard doses and used for a short period, Ketorolac is reasonably safe, which makes it the drug of choice to relieve acute pain in therapeutic practice. It may be successfully used in cases of acute lower back pain, toothache, migraine, renal and hepatic colics, and in many other situations requiring prompt and potent analgesia, but it is inexpedient to administer narcotic analgesics. Ketorolac should be regarded as a good alternative to metamizole (analgin) that is still popular in our country.

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A. E. Karateev
Research Institute of Rheumatology, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences
Russian Federation


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Karateev A.E. Ketorolac in clinical practice. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2011;3(4):81-89. (In Russ.)

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