A kidney stone normally begins as a tiny speck of solid material deposited in the middle of one or both kidneys.
As more material clings to the first speck, it gradually builds into a solid object.
Treatment and Prevention
It is important to understand that obtaining the "right recipe" for the prevention and treatment of kidney stones may take up to 12 to 18 months. This is a process during which the physician will be prescribing appropriate preventive medications as directed by new stone formation, growth of stones and changes in the patient's 24- hour urine chemistries. A prescribed yet "natural" therapy, called potassium citrate, is often used to prevent stone formation. There are also other medications used to prevent stone formation and these will be explained to you by your physician. In addition, large amounts of fluid intake are very important in the prevention of stones. This clinic does not treat the acute emergent passage of stones. This needs to be evaluated by an ER, MD, or urologist.
Medications for Stone Disease
Potassium Citrate are used to make the urine more alkaline (less acidic). This helps prevent kidney stone formation by preventing the crystals to stick together in your urine. Click here to download our pamphlet on Potassium Citrates.
Magnesium Oxide is a medication that acts as an inhibitor of stone formation by preventing the crystals in your body from sticking together to create a stone. This is an over-the-counter supplement that is extremely inexpensive and helpful in preventing the development and growth of kidney stones.
Vitamin B6 is an over-the-counter vitamin that prevents increased oxalate excretion in your urine. Oxalate is the "other half" of most calcium containing kidney stones.
Please consult with your physician for diagnosis and treatment plan before self-medicating.