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.


146 Responses to Medications to help pass kidney stones

  1. jhonsamuel says:

    hi, I am 27 yrs old, and I am having a 5 mm kidney stone can i pass it out using some medicine. Can i avoid Sergeiery ??
    If i can use some medicine then can you please help me which medicine to take?

  2. Eugene Stoner says:

    Im a 50 yr old male. Two stones, one on each kidney.
    Measure 7.8mm and 5.5mm. Taking Tamulson.
    Pain can be unbearable, so much i go emerg. For IV pain relief.
    Yes, rather chew my foot then eases.
    I had one 5 years ago and passed itnok.
    Rule is 7-8 mm is about a 50% chance it wont get stuck.
    Waiting on followup.

  3. Faizan says:

    Hi.I m 26 years male.I have 0.6cm stone in right ureter from 4-days.extremely pain occured .I m using tamsulin and citral syrup.any one have best experience

  4. Vijay Kumar says:

    I have a 10.5 mm stone just beyong the UP junction. So suggest to remove it.

  5. ellen says:

    I am a 52 year old woman, I was just advised that I have an 8mm kidney stone in my right kidney, I don’t feel any pain but blood showed up in my urine test. I was advised by my doctor that it is just sitting in my kidney and is not passingCan medications break this up or is surgery needed

    • Deb Paquette says:

      Hello Ellen, I see you wrote your question 2 weeks ago, and perhaps you already have your answer, but if your gp is not giving you the info you need, you should consider getting him to refer you to a urology specialist. That is getting into a good sized kidney stone, and yes it can and probably will be passed. It won’t be nice.
      There are 3 ways a kidney stone is going to come out. One way is by surgery, but that is only when it is threatening your life. Another is to target the stone with a form of shock or sound waves to break it up into much smaller pieces, but then you have 2 more potential problems. The sound waves can make more damage to your surrounding kidney tissue because it is very soft and delicate, also, then you will have many smaller pieces of kidney stone to pass instead of just one.
      The third way is to just go though it the old fashioned way. He can prescribe to you certain drugs that will ‘open’ or loosen the tube that the stone has to pass through to help you pass it.
      The problem with a kidney stone is that they can sit in there sometimes for years, you don’t even know you have one and suddenly you have this incredible pain, so bad you think it would hurt less if you cut off one of your arms or leg.
      I’m sorry to tell you this, good luck, and keep positive by thinking once it’s done, you’ll feel better within moments.

  6. Charlene says:

    I am a 39 year with a 5mm stone… Had it for over almost 3 weeks. The pain comes and goes. I am taking flomax and almost out. The pain started up again. Should I worry?

  7. Adil says:

    I had a stone and it passed successfully ax my urologist prescribed me 3 medicines ( Rowanix , Catafast and Prosta Tab pro).It took one month to pass stone which obstructed my left ureter.

  8. Anay says:

    I’m a 26 year old women .. I have a 4mm stone .. Took flowmax .. Took all my pills already .. And still have pain .. Does that mean I need to get it surgically removed??

  9. Radhakrishnan says:

    hi, I am 27 yrs old, and I am having a 5.7 mm kidney stone can i pass it out using some medicine. Can i avoid Sergeiery ??
    If i can use some medicine then can you please help me which medicine to take?

  10. Harry says:

    Sir,Can I use Cystone medicine for removing the 5.8 mm of stone or it can be remove by water or not?

    • Ankit Verma says:

      Several of my relatives are having kidney stone. Cyston works for them. They have it even they feel slight pain. But the still stone did not pass. It reduces the sensation of pain. For effective therapy for stone, it’s better to consult a good urologist.

    • Sankar Tewari says:

      Sir a calculas of 8.9mm is found in lower calyx of my left kidney. Can it be pass through urine? & How?

  11. Satyam Gupta says:

    hi, I am 27 yrs old, and I am having a 5 mm kidney stone can i pass it out using some medicine. Can i avoid Sergeiery ??
    If i can use some medicine then can you please help me which medicine to take?

    • Charlotte Sweet says:

      I see a naturopath. She sent me home with an herbal tincture of Ulmus and colinsonia. I also take magnesium citrimate and L-glutamine powder. I have avoided surgery with four stones this way.

  12. Keagile Ntuka says:

    i have tested the urine and small crystals found, i have burning pain in my left kidney , i have consulted so Many times with different medication but no difference since early 2014. I also made the scan this year april but nothing found, no blood in the urine but am burning left kidney. I also consulted the traditional healers but said my left kidney is week and pain because it cant pass the waiste . So m hopeless i dont know where to go. M writting dis on bed i cant even wakeup my kidney is burning like Fire.

  13. Jai prakash gupta says:

    I m 48 yrs male. I have 13 mm stone in left ureter. Can it b pass by urine? Sugest me pls.

  14. Jai prakash gupta says:

    I m 48 hrs male. I have 13 mm stone in left ureter. Can it b pass by urine? Sugest me pls.

  15. giridhar says:

    1 gokharu powder or seeds boil 20 mg in 250ml for 30 minutes water drink for one month early in the morning
    2 boil barly seeds 20 mg in 250 ml water for 30 minutes drink it early in the morning
    3 Take powder pashanbhedi one taspoon with 250 ml warm water early in morning
    4 drink tendour coconut water for one month early in morning
    5 drink 100 to 200 ml water after every one hour

  16. stephen G. Ukachukwu says:

    I have 7mm of stone on my kidney, how can I brake it and pass it out without surgery, please help me, its painful. thanks.

    • CJ says:

      Most Drs would tell you that you have a 50/50 chance to pass one that size. Flomax, ketorolac & pain meds are usually prescribed.

  17. imteaz ahmed says:

    i have a stone in uthera of 10 mm , though it is not paining , can it be removed by medicines

    • CJ says:

      No, lithotripsy or surgery usually. I’ve had one embed in my ureter before so make sure you don’t wait long for it to pass so that same thing doesn’t happen to you.

  18. s raju says:

    can lemonade or sodium carbonate water drinks reduce kidney stones? can passing clear transparent urine by drinking enough water melt stones? if I pass my urine always in yellow colour lead to stones,so drink much water?

  19. s raju says:

    I have two stones stuck in urinary is medium, other small to melt them or pass them without operation.

  20. Lori says:

    Try an herb called Stone Breaker, which has the main herb Chanca Piedra, as well as several others. My husband had an extremely painful kidney stone episode, and we think it dissolved the stone by the time it got to the bladder. We would get a prescription next time for a muscle relaxant like Flomax.

  21. Deborah Edwards says:

    I didn’t take the prescribed tamsulosin when the ER advised that I had kidney stones on my right kidney. I took it once and it made me dizzy and I couldn’t take off work. I came to the ER because of blood in my urine. Also on doxycycline for urine infection. Don’t know if stones passed. Still bleeding. Should I still continue tamsulosin until I finish the bottle?

    • judy says:

      it makes me dizzy also let me know the answer to your question plz

      • CJ says:

        When you look up flomax it says it’s not recommended for women or children. Doesn’t say why but I stopped taking it when I read that.

        • Marsha says:

          Flomax is a med for the male prostate. But woman can use it. It just relaxes the uretur. It will make you dizzy etc. I take it right before I go to bed. Helps me sleep when I’m in severe pain from stones.

  22. Donna says:

    I have a 6 mm calculus in the floor of my bladder. What is the best way to pass this.

  23. lunni says:

    Lt renal sinus calculus 6.0 mm in lower calyx

  24. tony kharoliya says:

    Sir i am 26 year s old i have my left kidney 16 mm stone how treatment and pass with out Sergeiery please sir help me

    • Apache says:

      16mm won’t pass with medication that will have to be done surgically however I have had the surgery many times and it’s painless

  25. Naqeebullah says:

    Hi aim 28 years old and I have a 13 mm stone in my left kidney renal pelvic of it possible to out or treat without any operation aim from Afghanistan please help me thanks

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