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.


126 Responses to Medications to help pass kidney stones

  1. Eve says:

    Have a tiny one stuck in urethra hospitalized 3 times since wed pain intolerable

  2. ishtiaq ahmed says:

    i have 1.1cm stone in my right kidney please help

  3. Spring says:

    Learn about treatment for kidney stones, including waiting for the stone to pass, taking pain medicine, or having a procedure to remove the stone.

  4. William Drummond says:

    I wish I had found this site 10 + years ago. If kidney stones were worth as much as diamonds, I would be rich. The first stone was the absolute worst – until now. For several years I passed stones routinely without much more than some pain meds, and then very little. I do not like the way my mind is muddled when I take pain meds. A few months ago I had a CT done because of prostate problems. The Dr spotted a 8+ mm stone deep in my left kidney. Mind you, the prostate pain was already tough to take and the Dr guesstimated it would be 6 or more months before there would maybe need to be some kind of treatment for this stone. It turns out it moved from deep in the kidney to being problematic within two months. Now I am in week 10 of pain and discomfort. Every time I wake up pain free, the euphoria lasts just a couple of hours before that horse kicks again. The only good thing I have learned from this concurrent prostate and kidney stone episode is that if your man parts hurt, it is very unlikely to be prostate cancer. Apparently, there is no pain with prostate cancer. Prostatitis hurts ALL under. As for comparing the pain from the two, kidney stones hurt MUCH worse. Prostatitis made me quite a bit more ill feeling; I suspect the infection had a lot to do with that. Oh, yeah, if it only hurts when you pee, it is not a kidney stone. Those little suckers hurt from kidney to bladder and again from bladder to toilet. Someone needs to invent a kidney stone vibrating mat that uses ultrasonic waves to help move those things along faster. They can call it Shake-n-Pee or Vibe-n-Pee.

  5. 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.

  6. 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˜•

  7. 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.

    • Andrea Scalzo says:

      I am so glad to read this. I have an 7mm stone stuck in my ureter and I do not want to have lithotripsy based on my intuition telling me to avoid it. I ordered the “Stonebreaker” and am taking Chinese herbs to hopefully cure it.

    • Patrick Macintosh says:

      I looked up the chance pieces and it comes in so many different strengths I dont know which to get

  8. 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

  9. Brittney Brandt says:

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

  10. 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.

  11. anshu sharma says:

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

  12. 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;

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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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