Keeping it 100. Learn the top 100 most common medications dispensed in the USA.

By: Dr. Cooper, The Pharmacist – Dr. Tremain Cooper, LLC – Image Credit: www.freegreatimages.com

There are 4 billion prescription medications dispensed every year in the United States alone. In terms of number of prescriptions dispensed, the top 100 medications below account for over 10% of the total, coming in at over 500 millions prescriptions. This is absolutely trill, a half of a “billi.” These are the most common and top 100 medications being dispensed in the USA. Learn if one of your personal medications made the top 100 club.

DRUG (BRAND NAME)…NUMBER OF PRESCRIPTIONS
1. SYNTHROID…22,664,826
2. CRESTOR…22,557,735
3. NEXIUM…18,656,464
4. VENTOLIN HFA…17,556,646
5. ADVAIR DISKUS…15,003,169
6. DIOVAN…11,401,503
7. LANTUS SOLOSTAR…10,154,739
8. CYMBALTA…10,065,788
9. VYVANSE…10,019,178
10. LYRICA…9,684,884
11. SPIRIVA HANDIHALER…9,518,849
12. LANTUS…9,358,961
13. CELEBREX…8,815,391
14. ABILIFY…8,777,842
15. JANUVIA…8,758,309
16. NAMENDA…7,640,319
17. VIAGRA…7,584,152
18. CIALIS…7,555,933
19. ZETIA…7,411,629
20. NASONEX…7,304,210
21. SUBOXONE…7,011,882
22. SYMBICORT…6,948,403
23. BYSTOLIC…6,722,578
24. FLOVENT HFA…5,623,533
25. OXYCONTIN…5,559,330
26. LEVEMIR…5,554,827
27. XARELTO…5,014,364
28. NUVARING…5,011,966
29. DEXILANT…4,866,178
30. THYROID…4,834,481
31. BENICAR…4,725,628
32. VOLTAREN GEL…4,709,766
33. PROVENTIL HFA…4,494,004
34. TAMIFLU…4,149,835
35. NOVOLOG…4,044,310
36. NOVOLOG FLEXPEN…4,006,690
37. PREMARIN…3,984,357
38. VESICARE…3,873,046
39. HUMALOG…3,858,256
40. BENICAR HCT…3,633,026
41. LUMIGAN…3,283,060
42. AFLURIA…3,242,605
43. LO LOESTRIN FE…3,154,488
44. JANUMET…3,089,749
45. ORTHO-TRI-CYCLEN LO 28…3,053,738
46. TOPROL-XL…3,044,003
47. PRISTIQ…3,023,546
48. COMBIVENT RESPIMAT…2,994,490
49. VYTORIN…2,988,460
50. TRAVATAN Z…2,919,358
51. FOCALIN XR…2,866,278
52. PATADAY…2,757,094
53. HUMALOG KWIKPEN…2,626,530
54. LUNESTA…2,590,519
55. AVODART…2,527,583
56. PRADAXA…2,442,678
57. SEROQUEL XR…2,405,130
58. STRATTERA…2,387,756
59. MINASTRIN 24 FE…2,353,282
60. EVISTA…2,232,555
61. CHANTIX…2,151,879
62. ZOSTAVAX…2,145,562
63. HUMIRA…1,923,427
64. VICTOZA 3-PAK…1,902,995
65. EXELON…1,877,942
66. EXFORGE…1,838,730
67. COMBIGAN…1,821,491
68. DULERA…1,790,677
69. ONGLYZA…1,784,018
70. WELCHOL…1,778,218
71. PREMARIN VAGINAL…1,718,405
72. ENBREL…1,627,480
73. XOPENEX HFA…1,588,895
74. RANEXA…1,567,961
75. TRUVADA…1,532,734
76. ALPHAGAN P…1,503,194
77. VIIBRYD…1,447,730
78. TRADJENTA…1,443,791
79. EFFIENT…1,434,572
80. AZOR…1,433,045
81. NORVIR…1,384,306
82. ACTONEL…1,339,615
83. NAMENDA XR…1,319,963
84. AMITIZA…1,309,980
85. AGGRENOX…1,286,826
86. LOTEMAX…1,276,480
87. PATANOL…1,274,050
88. LEVITRA…1,273,311
89. ADVAIR HFA…1,272,551
90. ULORIC…1,244,536
91. DETROL LA…1,225,506
92. ASMANEX TWISTHALER…1,219,112
93. LIPITOR…1,212,376
94. ATRIPLA…1,183,636
95. PREMPRO LOW DOSE…1,162,513
96. LATUDA…1,123,396
97. NOVOLOG FLEXPEN MIX 70/30…1,119,855
98. INVOKANA…1,106,268
99. EPIDUO…1,103,330
100. HUMULIN N…1,071,673

Source credit: IMS National Prescription Audit, IMS Health




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