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Ketorolac Tromethamine

Ketorolac tromethamine Prescription
Generic Name: ketorolac ophthalmic (KEE toe ROLE ak off THAL mik)
Brand Name: Acular, Acular LS, Acuvail, Acular PF
Physician reviewed ketorolac ophthalmic patient information - includes ketorolac ophthalmic description, dosage and directions.

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Ketorolac Tromethamine Drug Information:

Ketorolac is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ketorolac ophthalmic (for the eye) is used to relieve eye itching caused by seasonal allergies. Ketorolac ophthalmic is also used to reduce swelling, pain, and burning or stinging after cataract surgery or corneal refractive surgery. Ketorolac ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare prOviders about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use. Learn more

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Ketorolac Tromethamine Side Effects

In Summary

Commonly reported side effects of ketorolac ophthalmic include: burning sensation of eyes and stinging of eyes. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

For the Consumer

Applies to ketorolac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

Along with its needed effects, ketorolac ophthalmic may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ketorolac ophthalmic:

More common

  • Itching, redness, tearing, or other sign of eye irritation not present before use of this medicine or becoming worse during use
  • redness of the clear part of the eye
  • sensitivity to light
  • swelling of the eye
  • tearing
  • throbbing pain


  • Blurred vision or other change in vision
  • eye irritation or redness
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

Some side effects of ketorolac ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Stinging or burning of the eye when medicine is applied


  • Dry eyes
  • headache

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ketorolac ophthalmic: ophthalmic solution


The most frequently reported side effects were transient stinging and burning on instillation.


Common (1% to 10%): Intraocular pressure increased, conjunctival hyperemia, conjunctival hemorrhage, corneal edema, ocular pain, tearing, vision blurred, corneal infiltrates, ocular edema, iritis, ocular inflammation, ocular irritation, superficial keratitis, superficial ocular infection, conjunctivitis, ocular pruritus, keratic precipitates, retinal hemorrhage, cystoid macular edema, eye trauma, ptosis, blepharitis, photophobia, corneal lesion, glaucoma

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Ulcerative keratitis, eye dryness, epiphora, corneal ulcer

Postmarketing reports: Corneal erosion, corneal perforation, corneal thinning, corneal melt, epithelial breakdown


Very common (10% or more): Transient stinging (up to 40%), burning (up to 40%)

Common (1% to 10%): Local allergic reaction

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Headache


Postmarketing reports: Bronchospasm, asthma exacerbated


Common (1% to 10%): Hypersensitivity reaction

Editorial References and Review

Medically reviewed by USARx EDITORIAL TEAM Last updated on 1/1/2020.

Source: Drugs.com Ketorolac Tromethamine (www.drugs.com/mtm/ketorolac-ophthalmic.html).