Kidney Stones >; Tamsulosin Ineffective for Small Ureteral Stones In the double-blind STONE (Study of Tamsulosin for Urolithiasis in the. Nephrolithiasis specifically refers to calculi in the kidneys, but renal selective blockers, such as tamsulosin, also relax the musculature of the. Medscape – Benign prostatic hyperplasia-specific dosing for Flomax (tamsulosin), frequency-based adverse effects, comprehensive interactions.

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Current urology guidelines recommend the addition of tamuslosin in the treatment of ureteral colic mainly based on poor quality studies and systematic reviews and meta-analyses nfphrolithiasis these poorly done studies. The investigators concluded that tamsulosin could improve stone-free rates after SWL of distal ureteral stones with minimal side effects. The stone-free rate was In spite of recent multiple studies, the use of alpha blockers remains an area of active debate.

They believe, however, tamsulosin should still nnephrolithiasis considered for ureteral stones larger than 5 mm in diameter based on other research and the small nephrrolithiasis stone size in the current study 3.

SWL has been established as an effective therapy for the treatment of ureteral and renal stones. Mean stone size was small 3. When conservative management of a ureteral stone is being considered and the patient has no associated signs of infection, uncontrollable nephrolithiass, or renal failure, adjuvant pharmacologic intervention has proven efficacious in improving spontaneous stone passage rate and time interval, and in reducing analgesic requirements.


This is a great example of systematic reviews and meta-analyses only being as good as the original studies that go into them.

The narrator holds this study as exemplary and uses it to question the blanket use of Tamsulosin in medical expulsion therapy. Finally, the mean times to passage for the control group, and the groups receiving tamsulosin, terazosin, and doxazosin were Tamsulosin for Ureteral Stones in the ED: These studies have demonstrated a lack of benefit for routine use of alpha blockers.

Sustained contraction of smooth muscle in the ureter as a kidney stone passes the length of the ureter leads to pain. It is a well designed prospective RCT, which started in InBorghi and colleagues demonstrated the efficacy of the calcium channel blocker nifedipine in the treatment of ureteral stones in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.

Where does this leave us? Neither Everyday Health nor its licensors endorse drugs, diagnose patients or recommend therapy. Alpha-blockers, Ureteral stones, Kidney stones.

All the patients were given diclofenac to take as needed for pain. All of these RCTs showed a benefit and were not mentioned in the audio report. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. AlphaBlockers and Ureteral Stents Ureteral stents are often used in the treatment of renal and ureteral stones.

The Use of Alpha-Blockers for the Treatment of Nephrolithiasis

Arch Int Med Renal colic is a common ED presentation. EM by Salim R. Leave a Reply Nepheolithiasis reply Your nepphrolithiasis address will not be published. These advances include shock wave lithotripsy SWLureteroscopy, and percutaneous nephrostolithotomy.

This is the only randomized trial to clomax a benefit to tamsulosin but there are some major issues. The idea of medical expulsion therapy seems to have entered the EM realm after the publication of a systematic review in Annals of Emergency Medicine in The study only included patients with CT confirmed ureteral stones. Porpiglia F et al Patients were randomized after stent placement to receive either alfuzosin 10 mg daily or placebo for 4 weeks.


Spontaneous stone passage was similar between the 2 groups. August 7, Renal colic is a common ED presentation.

The Use of Alpha-Blockers for the Treatment of Nephrolithiasis

It is possible that a number of outcomes were assessed and the ones that were statistically significant were reported. The providers and patients knew if they got tamsulosin or not.

Tamsulosin for Ureteral Stones in the ED: Read Next Tamsulosin Reviews. The providers and patients know how they were being treated and could call it quits on conservative management and opt for intervention and thus failure of the primary endpoint any time they wanted to.

Tamsulosin (Flomax) – Side Effects, Dosage, Interactions – Drugs

Because ureteral edema and ureteral spasm have been postulated to affect stone passage, these effects have been targeted for pharmacologic intervention. So does the use of tamsulosin in renal colic facilitate stone passage?

Although these approaches are less invasive than traditional open surgical approaches, they are expensive and have inherent risks.