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Why would a woman be prescribed flomax (tamsulosin) after having kidney stones?

Why would a woman be prescribed flomax (tamsulosin) after having kidney stones?

Sm. muscle relaxer: 'flomax' (tamsulosin) is an Alpha 1a blocker that relaxes smooth muscle around the prostate to aid in urination in men with 'enlarged prostate' (bph). It is also used to 'relax the ureter' in aiding the passage of a small (<5mm) kidney stone. Kidney stones may occur in women, too, so it not unheard of to put a woman on tamsulosin. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Tamsulosin (Definition)

Tamsulosin is the generic name for a very commonly used drug flomax (tamsulosin). Tamsulosin is indicated for patients who have symptoms of enlarged prostate , frequency, too many trips to the bath room. , slow flow , dribbling the medication relaxes the smooth muscles around the prostate and makes it easy to urinate it should be taken at bed time to avoid side effects .. Dizziness ...Read more


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Could it be okay for women to take tamsulosin/flomax for kidney stones?

Could it be okay for women to take tamsulosin/flomax for kidney stones?

Flomax (tamsulosin) for stone: Flomax (tamsulosin) is often added to a patient with kidney stones to help the stone past. It has been effective in less than 24% in european study. Flomax (tamsulosin) plus a steroid is far more effective and will help up to 65% of patients pass a stone within 30 days. Most patients in the us will not wait that long to past a stone but the medications have been found to be helpful. ...Read more

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I am a female and taking flomax (tamsulosin) for 7 days for kidney stones. None have passed yet? Is the medication not working for me?

I am a female and taking flomax (tamsulosin) for 7 days for kidney stones.  None have passed yet?  Is the medication not working for me?

Here are some ...: Flomax (tamsulosin) is used to relax smooth muscle of lower part of ureter and bladder neck so to ease the passage of distal ureteral stone; this effect and benefit have been clinically studied, but of course, would never be 100%. Generally speaking, the odd to spontaneously pass a stone of 4-6 mm may still pass and few stone ...Read more

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Will flomax (tamsulosin) help with kidney stones in men?

Will flomax (tamsulosin) help with kidney stones in men?

Helps to pass them: Flomax (tamsulosin) dilates the ureter as well as the bladder neck. Ureteral dilatation makes it easier for small stones top pass, that is how it helps with kidney stones. Often makes intervention for ureteral stones unnecessary. ...Read more

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Been on flomax for 2 days for my kidney stone how long does it take?

Been on flomax  for 2 days  for my kidney  stone  how long does  it  take?

Effectiveness: usually 1-2 weeks will begin the effective range; however, if stones do not pass, continue therapy for an additional 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long should it take to pass a 6mm kidney stone once it feels like it's near my clitorous and tearing me? Is flomax (tamsulosin) okay for females?

How long should it take to pass a 6mm kidney stone once it feels like it's near my clitorous and tearing me? Is flomax (tamsulosin) okay for females?

Varies: How long it takes to pass will vary. Most stones that are 6mm will eventually pass. If the pain is not well managed it can be removed endosopically(by working through a cystoscope). It is fine for a female to take flomax (tamsulosin) to help relax the ureter for the stone to pass. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I was in so much pain from a kidney stone now the pain is gone but I didn't see a stone pass is the stone gone should I stop taking flomax (tamsulosin)?

I was in so much pain from a kidney stone now the pain is gone but I didn't see a stone pass is the stone gone should I stop taking flomax (tamsulosin)?

Pain gone: The stone is likely passed if your pain is gone, you have likely passed the kidney stone. I would not stop a medication that has been given to you by your primary or urologist until you have discussed it with them unless you are having bad side effects to the medications. There is no significant harm in taking it for an additional night and discussing it with your doctor in the AM. Be well. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Kidney Stones (Definition)

Seriously- renal stones are the result of postive and negatively charged particles in urine binding together and precipitating as solids- most frequently as calcium- oxalate. This happens most often when the urine is concentrated- ie when you are dehydrated. And trying to pass these stones from the kidney to the bladder is incredibly painful. ...Read more


Kidney (Definition)

The kidneys are paired organs that lie on either side of the vertebral column. Part of their critical functions include the excretion of urine and removal of nitrogenous wastes products from the blood. They regulate acid-base, electrolyte, fluid balance and blood pressure. Through hormonal signals, the kidneys control the ...Read more