Medications to help pass kidney stones

Certain medications can improve your chances of passing a stone if you are experiencing an active stone episode. The most commonly used medication is tamsulosin (Flomax). Other similar medications used for this purpose include alfuzosin, nifedipine, doxazosin, and terazosin. In patients with stones, these medications relax the muscles in the ureter, allowing the stones to more easily and quickly pass.

How well do they work?

In studies of patients taking these medications or placebo (sugar pill), those on the medications were 1.45 times more likely to successfully pass their stone. They also required less pain medication and passed their stones more quickly with fewer return trips to the hospital than patients taking placebo.


114 Responses to Medications to help pass kidney stones

  1. MARK WIENER says:

    A large 20mm stone was silent in my kidney for who knows how long and was discovered by accident by CT scan because of acute pain from a small stone in the other kidney that I passed. Underwent ESWL for the large stone which accomplished nothing except me peeing blood and probably sustaining kidney damage. Then 2 successive laser lithotripsy adventures that provided partial relief but left seed fragments in my kidney. Now, 7 years later, one of the seeds has grown to 10mm and a laser lithotripsy dusting only slightly reduced it. MD says he has to stop dusting because he cannot see and thus cannot continue to remove stone. I researched equipment and discovered state-of-the-art laser units have superior irrigation to rinse away dust during a procedure and have enhanced imaging. But I doubt hospitals or doctors will admit they use less than the best. In pain and frustrated and probably sustaining kidney induced body damage.

  2. John says:

    Please help me!!! I have a 2mm stone diagnosed 6 months ago in thailand.Doctor said no meds for it just operation 2000 $ cutting me i am still in thailand i cant afford it.I’v been drinking lemon and olive oil nearly everyday but it seems to help,,at least for an hour!!i dont have health insurance and no possibilty of going uk till next year.I can feel there anything else i can do?am i leaving it too long?im in great shape,, 50, dont smoke or drink!!! Please please help meπŸ˜•

  3. Kathryn says:

    To all who are allowing MDs to add scars your tubes with physical intervention: Once should be enough to realize that they are only making the tube smaller with the scar tissue they cause. If you haven’t heard of Royal Break-stone (Chanca Piedra) sold thru Whole World Botanicals. Available online. Try it! It passes a stone in 1 to 3 hours. I have doctors trying to cure me with antibiotics. They don’t help to pass stones.Try the herb! 2caps daily with large glass of distilled water, while managing a stone., and you are enjoying a meal before the day is out. Never seen anything like it in all my years of struggling with kidney stones. Then look up your blood type and discover what and how you are eating that is not digesting properly. You will find the answer to why they start in the first place. God Bless you all! Its a tough disease.

  4. pete wills says:

    Over 15 years I’ve passed at least 30 stones over the years as well I’ve had lithotripsy 7 times last august I had urendoscopy laser stone fragmentation basget stone removal with JJ stent not nice just had checkup 4 mill stone in left 5.2 and 6 mill in right hear we go again just don’t know what to do my younger and older brothers are having the same to all kidney stoners out there I feel for you

  5. Brittney Brandt says:

    Please help. How do I pass a stone quickly??

  6. I had stone removed in jan.had stent in for 5 weeks.had that removed and ct scan same day .week later they phoned to say scan showed small stone still in tube.after stent was removed passed lot of derie for day.then all clear and no after efects.they say i urgently need to get scan .but am in spain now.

  7. anshu sharma says:

    left lower calyceal stone measuring 4mm,suggest medicines to dissolve

  8. john says:

    passed a stone 3 weeks ago-pain was excruciating, by time got through triage-pain settled, but ultrasound next day showed 6mm stone still in kidney; 2-3 litres of lemon/lime and water for 2.5 weeks and yesterday passed the 6mm stone that was measured to 5mm by time got to the bladder; pain was so bad I vomited three times on way the ED; at ED triage I was literally rolling around on the floor and wimpering please help me; the triage nurse just ignored me and it was the ward clerk who waved me in, but by time they arrived with morphine, pain had subsided-subsequently CT KUB shows two more measuring 4mm still in the kidney-back on 2-3 litres a day and cutting out all oxalate type foods;

  9. Abdul Wasit says:

    I have a 0.34cm stone in my right kidney. Plz help me to pass it out. I do feel pains when urinating and vomit when the symptoms arise.

  10. Justin says:

    I have a 5.2mm kidney stone in the mid pole calyx region of my right kidney. I’ve increased my water intake till 4 to 5 litres a day. I’m taking various medicines like cystone, neeri tablets and apple cider vinegar.. I’ve been following this since the past 3 weeks.. I’ve just gone for another sonography and it shows no change… I’ve consulted different doctors here.. They saying to just continue the process… my friends advice me to have beer to get rid of it.. need to get this stone out!

  11. Joe says:

    I had a 4MM stone, after taking flomax 3 days , it passed. the pain was swear in the beginning, doctor put me on Vacadin ( don’t know how to spell correctly), but I took only Advil 3-4 days instead of Vacadin.

  12. Stone of 4.5 mm size in left kidney in lower to passed out through urine

  13. Arif says:

    I have passed a 1.4 cm stone and my doc said its huge and i need lithotripsy or surgery but i eventually passed two stones one is 1.4 cm and another one 8 mm but this was 2 years ago and now i have diagnosed with a 2.3 cm stone in my right ureter,no pain or blood while urinating, taking bome remedies so tat the stone will eventually break and i pass it again wigbout any surgery,

    • Kuma says:

      Arif, you’re such a lucky fella. Those are HUGE stones you’re talking about!

    • Nijo says:

      I have a stone size 15mm in my right ureter at the lower crossing of liliac vessel.What to do.

    • William says:

      What was the home remedy that you used?

    • Sadie says:

      Arif you are so lucky , plz do share how you did that , I have 1 cm stone which ureteric lithotripsy couldn’t remove and now they want to go for something bigger . Plz also tell us how long did it take ?

    • Mohammed Javeed says:

      Assalam alaikum bhai,
      good to hear that you passed stones .pl help me i am having 9mm in my left ureter and 7 mm in left top pass it without surgery because 10 yrs back i had lithotripsy with 22 mm size stone in ureter.
      pl guide me how to pass i am in saudi arabia and no treatment available here.
      Mohammed Javeed

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