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.


17 Responses to Medications to help pass kidney stones

  1. Dilip Raval says:

    My wife suffering for 5 mm between kidney & urine pipe stones. How to remove this problem ? Plz. Tell me some idea

  2. rajesh says:

    i have one13mm stone in pelvis of right kidney

  3. ulysses says:

    hello..i wonder if you could help father has kidney stones but it’s in his bladder already..may i ask, is the treatment/medication for this the same or it’s a special case..we believe that the stone is about 3cm..

    • Bobbo says:

      It is simply impossible for a 3cm stone to pass from the kidney to the bladder. Perhaps you meant 3mm? Any stone that can naturally pass from the kidney to the bladder will have no trouble being urinated out of the bladder.

  4. Florence de rosa says:

    I am discharge today from hospital,3days ago i felt pain as if am in labor,i was admitted in hosp,after ultrasound found that i have 3 left kidney stones.13mm midsection,5mm&6mm i have a chance to pass it out? Surgery really needed? Is there medicines that can dissolve or lessen the size?am so scared

  5. Anthony says:

    Is there anyway I can pass my kidney stone. It is 8mm and my insurance hasn’t came threw yet the pain is above a 10 I can’t walk anymore it hurts so bad

  6. p.srinivas says:

    I have been diagnosed 8.2 distal ureteric colic can it be removed by medicine

  7. Nancy says:

    I have been diagnosed with a uric acid kidney stone in my left side. Went into hospital this past August. I was given a stent and some medications to try and break it up. So far it has been in there 5 months because I do not have health insurance currently. I went again to hospital and my urologist was not available for an appointment until today. I have been having severe pains in my abdomen and feeling pressure in my bladder when I stand up and sometimes itching and extremely painful urination like glass is cutting into me. I found this website out of desperation because I tried to get hospital care this past Wednesday and they were not able to reach my regular doctor.
    They were not able to get any IV s in me but one for about 5 minutes or so to extract enough blood to get basic results. But I was not able to keep it in. A Cat scan showed some fluid around my kidney ands something called calcification. Still trying to figure out what that means. Help.

    • samantha says:

      When I passed my first stone, I gave it to Dr. To be tested. He told me mine were calcium. To stay away from TUMS, limit all calcium intake, butter, milk, etc.
      I had 2 more in kidneys. Trying to pass one now.
      It will hurt like all get out. It feels like you said, urinating shards of glass.
      Talk to your doctors about what the signs you need to go to hospital immediately.
      Hope this helps. Samantha

  8. Sam says:

    Hi, this is not an answer for you but a q to you . About 4 days back I have been diagnosed with a 4.2 mm stone in my left renal. The doctor is quite confident that it will pass naturally in a couple of Weeks and that I do not need any surgery. However he has told my family to not let me travel at all for this period. I am in a sales job and need to do day trips at the least to still remain employed :) My q is is he correct to as me not to Travel ? Also how have you been managing for the last year ?

    • Adrian says:

      I started having severe pain and bleeding on Christmas Day. Then pain and bleeding on and off for 6 months; sometimes I went 3 weeks without problems. I had a CT scan in June which found a 5mm stone in the outlet to my left kidney. I passed the stone at the end of July after taking Tamsulosin. Over those 7 months, I travelled for work (probably no more than 4 hours away from where I live though and mainly by train) and sometimes stayed away overnight. My main concern was passing the stone or having complications while I was away from home. My ‘insurance’ was always to pack plenty of prescription meds (anti-inflamatories and strong pain killers). I guess your doctor was just being cautious; if you had a problem while you were on the road you might end up in hospital a long way from where you live. Also not a good idea to drive if you’re in a lot of pain or on strong meds. You need to weigh up the pros and cons of taking his advice.

    • samantha says:

      Travel by car, OK I know from experience, between the vibration and bumps make the stones move. When they move you can bleed a lot, and can cause extreme pain. Also know once you pass one you are prone to pass more.

  9. Lalit says:

    I have a 10.5 mm stone in my left renal. I have been taking medicines for last 3 year but couldn’t get any good results. shall i go for laser surgery ?

    • Kim Micohn says:

      I think that you should have your stone removed, definitely with laser surgery cause a 10.5 mm stone is too big too pass. i have had 4 or 5 attacks throughout the years. When i was 32, 6 weeks after my youngest daughter was born, I had an attack back then. This was 1991. I had no idea what it was. I woke up that morning. My bladder kind of ached and felt like I had to pee but it didn’t hurt too much till later in the day. Then it was excruciating pain that I couldn’t bear. It was on the right side. The first thing I thought was is it my appendix. When my ex husband took me to the hospital back then, they checked my appendix first. Ruled out that it wasn’t. They ran more tests, blood work, urine samples. Then said it was a kidney stone. They said that I passed hit then. Was sent home later that day but had to do 3 days urine cultures and then take them to the hospital. A year or so later I started getting more. I knew what they were then. I had 3 more. The third one, they had to remove cause it wouldn’t pass on it’s own. I was in the hospital about 3 days then before they removed it. They were hoping it would pass on it’s own but didn’t. Now I am 55 and have been diagnosed with having a 3mm one on my upper pole right kidney and a smaller 1 mm one one my left kidney. I am scared for both of them to pass. Also my oldest daughter who is 35 has also inherited them from me. I feel so bad for her. She had them the same age when I started to get them. She has been in the hospital for hers too in the past. Please think about getting yours removed cause a 10.5 one is too big to pass on it’s own.

    • siju says:

      use alfusin or stone solve,and thumsolusin

    • Basharat says:

      U shud try the shock wave treatment

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