Ketanov (a trade name of ketorolac tromethamine) is a non-narcotic analgesic drug, used in short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain.
By its mode of action, Ketanov is a Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It works by regulating the cyclooxygenase pathway of arachidonic acid metabolism. This inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins, leading to the reduction of pain and inflammation.
It is similar to the other NSAID drugs by its action, like Ketoprofen. However, its analgesic effect is more pronounced than that of other NSAIDs and is comparable to morphine. At the same time, it does not cause addiction as opiates even after long-term administration and does not have sedative of anxiolytic action.
The main advantage of Ketanov is the ability to relieve the pain fast and effectively and the convenient dosage form. It is available in tablet form for oral administration, injectable form for parenteral administration, and in gel form for topical application.
The indications for use are moderate to severe pain, including post-surgery and cancer-related conditions.