What is Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones are solid crystal stones that form in the kidney. Kidney stones may be passed through the urine without any pain or symptoms. However, larger kidney stones can cause pain, fever, nausea, and blood in the urine.

For more severe cases of kidney stones, surgery may be needed to remove the stones. Other methods of managing the kidney stones include taking medications to break the stones down into smaller sizes or to prevent them. Common drug classes used to treat kidney stones are potassium salt / calculi dissolution agent combinations, potassium salts, urease inhibitors, and phosphate supplements.

Savings Tips for Kidney Stones

  • Potassium Chloride vs. Potassium Citrate: What’s the Difference?

    September 21, 2018

    Potassium chloride and potassium citrate have similar names, so they should treat the same conditions, right? Not quite. While they are both supplements that contain potassium, the two actually have different uses, side effects and dosages, and cannot be substituted for each other.

    First, what is potassium chloride?

    Potassium chloride is used to treat hypokalemia, or low potassium levels, caused by diet, medications, diarrhea, sweating or some diseases. See More

  • Kidney Stones – Ouch!

    June 12, 2013

    This too shall pass—or will it?

    Kidney stones are painful. Childbirth painful. In addition to pain meds, how can we help you pass that stone quickly? Now we may know.

    Kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) occur in 5% – 12% of the population and frequently on Friday afternoons. Eighty percent of them are calcium oxalate stones and interestingly, 20% are in the ureter at the time you come to the ER for help. See More

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Popular Kidney Stones Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Potassium Salts 69 See Prices
Phosphate Supplements 33 See Prices
Alkalinizing Agents 34 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Kidney Stones Drug Classes

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