Pass That Kidney Stone-Use Alpha-Blockers

Kidney stones affect millions of American men and women.  When a kidney stone is in the ureter, the tube between the kidney and the bladder, and blocks the flow of urine, this causes severe pain on the affected side.  The stone causes spasm of the ureter and causes more pain and retards the passage of the stone out of the urinary tract.  This pain and discomfort is relieved with pain medication but the spasm of the muscles in the ureter can be relaxed with the use of alpha-blocker medications such as Cardura, Hytrin, Flomax, and Uroxatrol.

These drugs are used to treat a non-cancerous prostate condition known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The drugs work by relaxing the smooth muscle in a channel that runs through the prostate gland, allowing for better urine flow.

Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are formations of crystals that have separated from the urine. The separation occurs within the urinary tract if the patient’s urine is lacking in the chemicals that normally prevent their formation. Most will pass through the tract without notice. The crystals that do not separate form into larger stones, which may be difficult to pass.

Alpha Blockers and Passing Stones

Alpha-blockers can assist in passing stones because when it relaxes the smooth muscle, water can pass through more easily. This may reduce the pain of passing kidney stones, and speed up their exit from the body.  Alpha-blockers must be obtained with a prescription.

Bottom Line: Kidney stones are a common painful condition affecting millions of Americans.  Stone passage can be facilitate by the use of alpha-blockers


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4 Responses to “Pass That Kidney Stone-Use Alpha-Blockers”

  1. buy flomax Says:

    Wiki has a section explaining the mechanisn of action of these drugs if anyone is looking for more information. Thanks for this article about alpha blockers as a treatment for kidney stones.

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  3. slpnght Says:

    Always look for other options INSTEAD of alpha-blockers.

    Alpha-blockers have many nasty side-effects (they alter the way adrenaline affects to your organs and mess up things (insulin etc. everything is connected to adrenaline)).

    Also be sure they don’t pass to brain and alter your brain chemistry like antipsychotics! Alpha blockers are only 3rd or 4th option in heart diseases FOR A GOOD REASON (blood circulation and heart attacks).

    They also increase cortisol, makes you less able to handle stress and makes depression more likely. Too much cortisol is bad for your health.

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