Kidney Stones (cont.)
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After you have had a kidney stone, you are more likely to have stones again. But you can take steps to help prevent them:
For more information on diet and kidney stones, see:
If you get more kidney stones despite drinking more fluids and making changes to your diet, your doctor may give you medicine to help dissolve your stones or to prevent new ones from forming. For more information, see Medications.
Home treatment—drinking more fluids and taking pain medicine—is often the only thing you need to do when passing a kidney stone.
When you are passing a kidney stone, you need to drink enough water to keep your urine light yellow or clear like water, about 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. If you have kidney, heart, or liver disease and are on fluid restrictions, talk with your doctor before drinking more fluids.
Use pain medicine
Medicine you can buy without a prescription, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), may relieve your pain. NSAIDs include aspirin and ibuprofen (such as Motrin and Advil). Your doctor can prescribe stronger pain medicine if needed.
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