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Urinary and Genital Disorders (Children)

Flomax Used for Children

01/20/2011

Question:

My 11 year old daughter has a kidney stone this is #2. the er doctor prescribed flomax to help her reduce inflamation in the bladder to help her pass the stone. Is this safe?

Answer:

Yes--Flomax has been used safely in children, although it is not FDA-approved. It seems to increase the likelihood that the ureteral stone will pass, assuming it is small (< 5 mm), and in the lower ureter, near the bladder. If this is her second urinary stone, she should undergo a metabolic evaluation to determine why she is getting kidney stones. Also, she should strain her urine, and if the stone is retrieved, it should be submitted for stone analysis.

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Response by:

Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University