Published on November 15, 2012 at 7:12 AM
Brown began studying the effects of Tamsulosin as a treatment option for kidney stones with a small-scale study at GW funded by the NIH. After the successful completion of this study, Brown submitted a proposal for a larger study that would include additional EDs. The three EDs included in the study are those of GW, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pittsburgh. Patients who present with kidney stones will receive the usual treatment - pain medications, CT scans, and fluids - and will then be asked if they would like to be enrolled in the study. If enrolled in the double blind study, they will be randomly assigned to receive either Tamsulosin or a placebo. Brown and his research team will then call to check up on the patient during the first month and after three months to determine whether they had any complications and how quickly the stone passed.
Brown believes treatment with Tamsulosin may help patients pass their kidney stones faster and with fewer complications.
"In terms of the patient, the best case scenario would be that this medication helps get kidney stones out sooner, so they are out of pain quicker and with fewer complications," said Brown. "That way, they can get off pain medications, which are usually quite strong, and get back to normal living."
Source GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences