Bowen On Toradol: ‘Masks A Lot Of Pain’

(WSCR) Since Brian Urlacher’s interview with HBO’s “Real Sports,” much has been said about the drug Toradol.

Apparently, the use of the Toradol, which provides short-term management of moderate to severe pain, around the league is not uncommon.

“I took Toradol for two straight seasons every week after I blew my knee out,” former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen told The Mully and Hanley Show. “I know it happens. In the Redskins locker room, there was a line. There was a line to see our team doctor and get a shot.

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“I don’t know if I needed it after awhile, but you come to a point where you go into a game, and if you’ve had an injury, and I had that blown ACL, I figured it was going to hurt a lot during the game, so I went and took it anyways. The worst part about it is when you finally get home after the game. You get home and you want to drink a beer or something and you stand up and you’re like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m really hurting now.’ When that stuff wears off, you realize how much it can mask the pain.”

Though the use of Toradol can be linked to kidney failure and gastrointestinal bleeding, Bowen said team doctors did not discuss the negative ramifications of using such a drug.

“No, they just gave it to you,” Bowen said. “They didn’t care.

“It wasn’t a direct injection like they stick it in your knee or anything. It was like getting a penicillin shot. That’s what it’s like. That’s what it feels like. The effects are pretty strong. It masks a lot of pain. You get through a lot of stuff with taking a Toradol shot.”

Bowen, who played seven season with four different teams in the NFL, said players don’t even think of the consequences, they just want to play football.

“I understand what Brian was saying,” he said. “You just keep doing it and keep doing it. You don’t think about the long-term effects.”

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  • Cameltoe Rancher

    EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it! Pain killer medicine masks pain! EXTRA!! EXTRA!!!

    I think you guys need to work on your headline writing

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  • Heronimo

    If Urlacher was going to cure cancer one day and Toradol caused brain damage, I might care. But for guys who are involved in an activity that is similar to running into 10,000 brick walls on an annual basis, the chance of liver failure is not important. If he were to take enough aspirin to mask the pain, he would be at risk for severe ulcers and intestinal bleeding. If he were to take enough tylenol, he would be at the same risk for severe liver damage. If he takes nothing, he doesn’t play, he doesn’t get paid and Bears fans start moaning about how Urlacher is soft, Butkus would have played and Lovie still doesn’t have enough fire and passion to get his players to play hurt.

    I could care less if Urlacher’s liver explodes in ten years. He knows what he’s signing up for when he signed that contract for millions of dollars.

  • jeff coleman

    It concerns me that these guys are not considering the long term effects to their health. Football is a brutal game no doubt but not worth your life Brian your family has already suffered a great loss with your mothers passing think how lossing you will effect them ,all of chicago loves you don’t do this to yourself

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