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Gary, Alumni Mentor (@gman007)

Kidney stones

Kidney & Bladder | Last Active: Jul 8, 2022 | Replies (124)

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@tgregg99

Is Flomax known to actually help a large stone pass that's in the kidney? Mine is about 2 cm in the lower pole of my left kidney. I was told large stones won't pass on their own and would need treatment to remove it via ESL, ureteroscopy, or PCNL.

I'll ask my urologist but would like to know if anyone has or had a stone IN his/her kidney and is/was being treated with Flomax, and ther results. Thank you!

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Good point. My understanding is that Flomax (tamsulosin) and other alpha-1 blockers can help widen the tube that connects the kidney with the bladder (ureter).

– How Flomax Works for Kidney Stones: Dosage, Time to Pass, and More https://www.goodrx.com/conditions/kidney-stones/flomax-for-kidney-stones

I think that you're right, Gregg. Kidney stones in the kidney are not helped by medication. Kidney stones that are too large to pass on their own or cause bleeding, kidney damage or ongoing urinary tract infections may require more-extensive treatment. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/kidney-stones/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355759