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What types of prescription drugs can help with kidney stones?

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Some types of prescription drugs can with kidney stones:

Calcium channel blockers and alpha-blockers: These meds relax your ureter, the tube through which pee passes from your kidney to your bladder. A wider ureter will help the stone move more quickly.

Potassium citrate or sodium citrate: If your stone is made from uric acid, your doctor might give you one of these solutions to dissolve it.

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Kidney Stones."

Mayo Clinic: "Kidney Stones Definition," "Kidney Stones Symptoms," "Kidney Stones Treatment."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Treatment for Kidney Stones in Adults."

National Kidney Foundation: "Kidney Stones," "Kidney Stone Treatment: Shock Wave Lithotripsy," "Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy/Nephrolithotripsy."

Saint Luke's Health System: "Treating Kidney Stones: Open Surgery."

Urology Care Foundation: "How Are Kidney Stones Treated?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 07, 2017

SOURCES:

American Urological Association: "Kidney Stones."

Mayo Clinic: "Kidney Stones Definition," "Kidney Stones Symptoms," "Kidney Stones Treatment."

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Treatment for Kidney Stones in Adults."

National Kidney Foundation: "Kidney Stones," "Kidney Stone Treatment: Shock Wave Lithotripsy," "Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy/Nephrolithotripsy."

Saint Luke's Health System: "Treating Kidney Stones: Open Surgery."

Urology Care Foundation: "How Are Kidney Stones Treated?"

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on September 07, 2017

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