What side effects are possible with this medication?
A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. It can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent, but does not occur in everyone. The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. If you develop any of these side effects (or any other side effects not listed here) or they change in intensity, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice on managing them and on the risks and benefits of the medication.
- blurry vision
- damage to the cornea
- eye disorder
- eye dryness
- eye pain
- feeling of something being in your eye
- inflammation of the cornea
- inflammation of the eyelid
- inflammation of the iris
- pupil disorder
- red eyes
- stinging or burning of eye when drops are instilled
- swelling of the eye
to learn about serious side effects that can potentially occur with any medication. These examples are provided for information purposes only and are not meant to be exhaustive. Always consult your doctor for sound medical advice specific to your particular medication and treatment.
If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online or by phone at 1-800-332-1088.
Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?
Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Allergies: If you are allergic to aspirin or other nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs you may also be allergic to ketorolac eye drops. If you
are allergic to these medications, talk to your doctor before using ketorolac
Corneal damage: Ketorolac eye drops may damage the cornea. People at
increased risk include those who have complicated eye surgeries, disorders of
the cornea, diabetes, dry eye syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or several eye surgeries in a short
Corneal damage can also occur if medications such as ketorolac are used
more than 24 hours before surgery or more than 14 days after surgery.
Delayed healing: Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may slow or delay healing. Topical corticosteroids are also known to slow or delay healing. Use of topical NSAIDs and topical steroids together may increase the potential for healing problems.
General: Ketorolac eye drops should be used with caution
if you are having surgery and are at an increased risk of bleeding or taking
other medications that may prolong bleeding time.
Vision: Blurred or reduced vision has been reported with the use of
ketorolac. If you experience these symptoms, stop using the eye drops and contact
your eye doctor.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless
the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication,
contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if ketorolac passes into breast milk.
If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect
your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and efficacy of this medication for use by children
younger than 3 years old have not been established.
What other drugs could interact with this medication?
There may be an interaction between ketorolac and any of the following:
If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:
- stop taking one of the medications,
- change one of the medications to another,
- change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
- leave everything as is.
An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.