What is Caldolor?Caldolor is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that is used to manage mild to moderate pain. Also, it is used to manage moderate to severe pain in combination with narcotic painkillers and for the reduction of fever. Caldolor is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).
What is the most important information I should know about Caldolor?Caldolor can cause serious problems (such as heart attack or stroke). Your risk can increase when this medication is used for long periods of time and in people who have heart disease. Tell your doctor if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, or slurred speech. Also, Caldolor can cause high blood pressure or worsening of existing high blood pressure, and heart failure which can lead to weight gain or edema (swelling).
Caldolor can cause discomfort, ulcers, or bleeding in your stomach and intestines. Your risk can increase with long-term use, smoking, drinking alcohol, older age, or with certain medications. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience abdominal pain or if you have bloody vomit or stools.
Caldolor can cause allergic reactions resembling anaphylaxis (a serious and rapid allergic reaction that may result in death if not immediately treated). Stop taking Caldolor and tell your doctor immediately if you experience difficulty breathing or swelling of your face, mouth, or throat.
Caldolor can cause liver injury. Tell your doctor if you experience nausea, tiredness, weakness, itchiness, yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes, right upper abdominal tenderness, or "flu-like" symptoms.
Tell your doctor immediately if you experience serious skin reactions which can be characterized by a severe rash, fever, or itchiness.
If you develop any changes in your vision while you are using Caldolor, stop using this medication and tell your doctor immediately.
Who should not take Caldolor?Your doctor will not administer Caldolor if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or if you experienced asthma, difficulty breathing, rash, or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs.
Your doctor will not administer Caldolor right before or after a heart surgery called coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Caldolor?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Caldolor. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart disease, stomach problems, kidney or liver impairment, high blood pressure, asthma, or are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults ≥17 years: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.
How should I take Caldolor?Your doctor will administer Caldolor to you.
What should I avoid while taking Caldolor?Do not miss your follow-up appointment with your doctor.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Caldolor?If Caldolor is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Caldolor with the following: aspirin, blood pressure/heart medications known as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (such as lisinopril or ramipril), blood thinners (such as warfarin), certain antihistamines (such as cimetidine or ranitidine), diuretics (water pills) (such as hydrochlorothiazide), lithium, or methotrexate.
What are the possible side effects of Caldolor?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: abdominal pain, bleeding, constipation, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, gas, headache, indigestion, itchiness, nausea, swelling, urinary retention (inability to urinate normally), vomiting
Can I receive Caldolor if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?Your doctor will not administer Caldolor if you are in the late stage of your pregnancy. The effects of Caldolor during early pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Caldolor?Caldolor should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.
How should I store Caldolor?Your doctor will store this medication for you.