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Treatments for Kidney Stones

Most kidney stones are small enough to eventually pass through the urinary tract without further complications. To facilitate this, your doctor will likely advise you to:

  • Drink 2-3 quarts of water a day.
  • Take pain medication as needed.
  • Take antibiotics if an infection is suspected.
  • Save the stone (catch in a cup or a sieve during urination). Knowing what kind of stone it is can help you prevent a recurrence.

If the stone does not pass on its own, your doctor has several treatment options. The goals of treatment are to remove the stone and to reduce the chance that you will develop another one.

The treatment and management of kidney stones involve the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatments

Revision Information

  • Coe FL, Evan A, Worcester E. Kidney stone disease. J Clin Invest. 2005;115:2598-2608.

  • Parmar MS. Kidney stones. Brit Med J. 328:1120-1124.

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