Azelastine Hydrochloride

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2004 - 2014

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2004 - 2014)

Rank of Top Drugs Over Time

"Rank" refers to the frequency that a given medication is prescribed within a calendar year compared to all other medications. A rank of "4" would indicate that the medication was the fourth most commonly prescribed medication.

Year Rank Change
2004 212 -
2005 266  54
2006 203  63
2007 215  12
2008 238  23
2009 235  3
Year Rank Change
2010 219  16
2011 267  48
2012 236  31
2013 218  18
2014 209  9

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2004 - 2014)

"Out-of-pocket" cost refers to the payment made by the patient (either cash price or the copay amount). This value does not include reimbursement from a third party payer (eg, Medicare or private insurance) and does not represent the total drug cost.

Usage Statistics of Related Drugs

Drug Name Total Prescriptions (2014)
Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride 3,451,191
Azelastine Hydrochloride (this drug) 2,919,659
Fexofenadine; Pseudoephedrine 523,955
Desloratadine 519,006
Desloratadine; Pseudoephedrine Sulfate 57,683
Carbinoxamine Maleate 49,405
Hydrocodone; Chlorpheniramine 11,174

Drug Synonyms

Drug synonyms are used during the sanitation and standardization process of "cleaning" the original data source (MEPS). Occassionally, brand names may be listed below that are no longer on the market or are very infrequently used.

Brand Name Synonyms
  • Astelin
  • Astepro
  • Optivar
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Azelastine Hydrochloride

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Histamine-1 Receptor Antagonist
Initial FDA approval date: 11/1/1996
First FDA applicant: Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc
First dosage form: Spray, Metered (nasal)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2004-2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 17.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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