Analgesic efficacy of ketorolac

Acta Anaesthesiol Belg. 1996;47(3):135-42.


Ketorolac is an efficient drug for the treatment of moderate to severe pain following minor or intermediate types of surgery. Its use is associated with improved quality of recovery, reduced incidence of side effects and earlier discharge from the recovery unit and the hospital in patients treated on an ambulatory basis. With regard to major surgery ketorolac provides insufficient analgesia when administered as the sole agent during the immediate postoperative period. However, it is an effective adjunct to all forms of opioid analgesia being associated with a significant opioid sparing effect. Large scale studies have demonstrated that this combination of improved analgesia and opioid sparing is of clinical benefit.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Surgical Procedures
  • Analgesics, Non-Narcotic / pharmacology
  • Analgesics, Non-Narcotic / therapeutic use*
  • Analgesics, Opioid / administration & dosage
  • Animals
  • Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Humans
  • Ketorolac
  • Pain, Postoperative / drug therapy*
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Rats
  • Tolmetin / administration & dosage
  • Tolmetin / analogs & derivatives*
  • Tolmetin / pharmacology
  • Tolmetin / therapeutic use


  • Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
  • Analgesics, Opioid
  • Cyclooxygenase Inhibitors
  • Tolmetin
  • Ketorolac