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.


107 Responses to Medications to help pass kidney stones

  1. anshu sharma says:

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

  2. 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;

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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,

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