Azelastine Hydrochloride

Drug Usage Statistics, United States, 2005 - 2015

Number of Prescriptions Over Time (2005 - 2015)

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 265  53
2006 203  62
2007 215  12
2008 237  22
2009 234  3
Year Rank Change
2010 219  15
2011 267  48
2012 236  31
2013 218  18
2014 209  9
2015 271  62

Patient Out-Of-Pocket Cost Over Time (2005 - 2015)

"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 (2015)
Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride 2,365,394
Azelastine Hydrochloride (this drug) 1,727,168
Fexofenadine; Pseudoephedrine 861,680
Desloratadine 584,550
Hydrocodone; Chlorpheniramine 319,193
Desloratadine; Pseudoephedrine Sulfate 140,834
Carbinoxamine Maleate 5,573

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: Rx
First dosage form: Spray, Metered (nasal)

Prescription data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) 2005-2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Rockville, MD. ClinCalc DrugStats Database version 18.0. Read more about the ClinCalc DrugStats database.


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