NFL players urged to limit Toradol use

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NFL players are being urged to limit the use of the painkiller Toradol, which has been common in the league for years.

The NFL Players Association sent a memo about Toradol to all players, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

The memo cites “the risk of Toradol causing major bleeding,” and recommends limiting use of the medication by players.

“Toradol should not be used prior to, during, or after NFL games or practices as a means of reducing anticipated pain,” the memo says.

The memo also says Toradol should typically be used in its oral form, rather than injected, and that injections should only take place “following an acute, game-related injury where visceral or central nervous system bleeding is not expected and where other oral or intranasal pain medications are inadequate or not tolerated.”

Several NFL players have decried Toradol use in the NFL as rampant and harmful. Albert Haynesworth, who recently had a kidney transplant, said he believes Toradol played a part in his kidney disease.

32 responses to “NFL players urged to limit Toradol use

  1. North Dallas Forty came out in 1979. It sure took a long time for the NFL to do something about a problem that has been in plain sight for over 40 years.

  2. The way Simms discussed it this was widely used everywhere in the league. Which makes this an announcement that we will have to wait and see how many players heed this advice. And is this an announcement aimed at liability concerns, or actual player welfare?

  3. The dangers of Toradol have been known for many years and it’s use in the general public has been restricted—-the warning is good, but much too late in coming.

  4. I was given Toradol in the hospital after surgery and I can see why NFL players love it. After getting my injection I wanted to hop off my hospital bed and boogie down Broad St. It really does take the pain away and make you feel good. My doctor in the hospital would only give it to me once every 12 hours because it could damage your organs if taken more frequently.

  5. Well duh. Read the precautions. Same applies for asprin. Makes bruising worse due to anticoagulant properties. Prescriber should be liable.

  6. I have lots of reactions to this that cross everything from what alternative are they offering that allow them to get through the equivalent of multiple car crashes a game to why is this public information?!

    The NFLPA has mad a public campaign of telling players not to show up to voluntary team activities only to see two starters cut because they listened to them and got injured and now they’re airing significant medical information that should be privileged between the player and their doctors. I realize it’s “general” at this point, but you know player names, teams, teams doctor names, etc., is forthcoming!

  7. So, an injection that was once deemed safe has now been determined to cause “major bleeding” and possibly kidney disease after long term studies. Guess people should be cautious with what they inject into their body.

  8. Toradol is some nasty stuff. Yes it kills the pain, but the one time I had it I was literally hallucinating people, voices, it was nuts. Had a very painful injury but told the docs give me something else I would not take it a second time.

  9. So noble of you NFL. Morality pins for all league execs and owners should be standard attire.

  10. But they won’t let these guys use medical weed for pain control. Makes no sense on any level.

  11. realfootballfan says:
    June 4, 2021 at 9:17 am
    But they won’t let these guys use medical weed for pain control. Makes no sense on any level.
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    Players are only tested for pot for the first two weeks at the start of training camp, at which time they should have little need for using pot for pain. They are no longer tested during the season. And if a player does test positive during that 2 week testing period, they are not suspended. So let’s end the “but they can’t use pot” trope

  12. I lost a kidney several years back and I have to be extremely careful when it comes to taking medications. I absolutely never take any NSAIDS, toradol or anything else that might harm my existing kidney. With the rampant use of ibuprofen, toradol, and others meds used by professional athletes we are going to see many athletes as they get into their 50′ find out that they are going to need dialysis because their kidneys are shot. I watch young high school athletes who eat creatine like candy to build muscle and its the absolute worst thing a young person can do to their kidneys. Someone needs to sit down these kids and explain to them the long term effects of these meds.

  13. realfootballfan says:
    June 4, 2021 at 9:17 am
    But they won’t let these guys use medical weed for pain control. Makes no sense on any level.
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    They will as soon as medical weed is made exclusively by Big Pharma

  14. AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    June 4, 2021 at 8:27 am
    So, an injection that was once deemed safe has now been determined to cause “major bleeding” and possibly kidney disease after long term studies. Guess people should be cautious with what they inject into their body.

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    This is why young healthy people are skeptical of the Covid vaccine

  15. I’m also wondering whether fluoroquinolone antibiotics are in widespread use as well. They are powerful and knock out infections, which is another way to keep players on the field. But they have some severe side effects which can include damage to tendons and ligaments, and it seems like those kinds of injuries have become chronic in recent years.

  16. People have known about the consequences of using toradol and players still got it, but their afraid of a Covid-19 vaccine because it’s new ? Whatever. Shows their not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.

  17. For my first kidney stone, they gave me Toradol in the emergency room. Completely eliminated the pain with no side effects. When it wore off after an hour, they couldn’t give me more and I got Morphine instead. Completely worthless. Didn’t touch the pain, but made me feel really weird. I preferred the pain over the Morphine.

  18. nhpats2011 says:
    June 4, 2021 at 10:21 am
    AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    June 4, 2021 at 8:27 am
    So, an injection that was once deemed safe has now been determined to cause “major bleeding” and possibly kidney disease after long term studies. Guess people should be cautious with what they inject into their body.

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    This is why young healthy people are skeptical of the Covid vaccine
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    No. People are skeptical because of either: a) the totally unsubstantiated conspiracy theories regarding alleged side effects, all of which have been debunked or; b) they are incapable of understanding accepted medical science.

  19. AOC is glad Al Gore invented football and discovered Mexico says:
    June 4, 2021 at 8:27 am
    So, an injection that was once deemed safe has now been determined to cause “major bleeding” and possibly kidney disease after long term studies. Guess people should be cautious with what they inject into their body.
    ____________

    Do you honestly believe that there is any legitimate comparison between a generic pain medication and a life saving vaccine? Do you not realize that we have vastly superior testing methods now than when Toradol was released?

    The adverse effects of Toradol have been known for a long time. The only new thing here is that the league is finally addressing what was known long ago.

  20. Toradol is banned by many European and other Countries because of it’s side effects. The Veterans Admin. is a big believer in Toradol and does not caution the side effects to patients.

  21. The players aren’t prescribing this for themselves–the doctors are. So why aren’t the doctors the ones getting this memo? I’m sure 99% of players will go with whatever the doctor prescribes.

  22. Iam one of the few toradol never worked for when I came home from Afghanistan wounded afterthe morphine during the original trauma of the wound

  23. Toradol is to help you recover from surgery, not to help you go out and play a football game.

  24. So Toradol for decades has been routinely dispensed to keep players on the field. Yet weed is so bad you get suspended. Because they’re all about player safety and protecting the $hield. Rigggghhhhtttt.

  25. So now a player must have graduated medical school, in order to qualify for the NFL draft…

    Toradol is a prescription drug. The responsibility lay with licensed doctors, particularly team doctors, but not players. The NFL needs to first clean up its own house before pointing the finger at players!

  26. maxamili says:
    June 4, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Let them do THC or CBD. It will change everyone’s life.

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    Noooooooo! The NFL has been pretty clear that cannabis is a very, very dangerous drug, much more so than anything anyone would inject to block pain. Player safety is their primary concern. I mean sure, CTE, addiction to painkillers, some internal bleeding and maybe some kidney issues and all that. But cannabis…I mean that’s bad, right? You gotta suspend guys or the next thing you know players will be harder drugs. Oh wait…

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