Toradol is an NSAID that must be prescribed by a doctor. In addition, it is not a narcotic since it is not made from opium or a synthetic version of opium. Further, it is not addictive. So, it is not regulated as a controlled substance. The main purpose of Toradol is to reduce inflammation, fever, swelling, and pain. However, doctors do not fully understand how it works to reduce prostaglandins, which causes inflammation. As a strong NSAID, it should not be taken for long periods of time. Plus, there are some serious side effects if taken incorrectly or for too long. Toradol should only be taken for up to five days as a pain reliever. In fact, it can be administered through IV, injections, tablets, and sprayed in your nose. Since Toradol is also used after surgery, an IV or injection is more likely than a tablet.