No one likes having a stone. They hurt, I mean really hurt. And they always seem to happen at 2 in the morning. Probably the most common question I’m asked about stones, is what someone can do to make a stone pass faster. And unfortunately, the answer is not much. Staying hydrated is important and pain control is important. Many years ago, doctors also starting prescribing medicines like tamsulosin (trade name: Flomax) with limited data. Since then randomized studies of the medication have been mixed. A recent Cochane database review was published that suggests that in the setting of shared decision making with the patient, prescribing tamsulosin is a good idea. You can read about the study yourself here under the title of “Alpha-blockers for uncomplicated ureteral stones: a clinical practice guideline”.
If you think you have a stone, after considering the risks and benefits of this medicine, consider asking for this medicine as it may prevent a trip to the ER!