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 135 -
2005 149  14
2006 130  19
2007 167  37
2008 177  10
2009 150  27
Year Rank Change
2010 113  37
2011 132  19
2012 178  46
2013 174  4
2014 151  23

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)
Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride 20,610,429
Methocarbamol 5,908,996
Carisoprodol (this drug) 4,459,908
Orphenadrine 991,046

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
  • Rela
  • Soma
Generic Drug Synonyms and Salts
  • Carisoprodol

FDA Approval Information

Established Pharmacologic Class (EPC): Muscle Relaxant
Initial FDA approval date: Prior to January 1, 1982
First FDA applicant: Meda Pharmaceuticals Meda Pharmaceuticals Inc
First dosage form: Capsule (oral)

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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